Eri Sasaki

Eri is a PhD student in the REACH lab. Eri’s research interests focus on understanding the dyadic patterns and interpersonal processes that emerge between relationship partners, and how both partners can influence each other to determine relationship outcomes. Drawing on popular words of wisdom, Eri explores the idea of whether it takes two to tango (e.g., do you need both partners to put in effort to sustain a relationship), whether it only takes one bad egg to ruin an omelette (i.e., can one partner’s vulnerabilities drag the other down), or can one partner act as a strong link to buffer the other’s vulnerabilities? Eri examines whether these dyadic patterns emerge in various contexts, including partners’ feelings of being loved, felt security, emotion regulation strategies, and couples’ conflict behavior.

Eri uses rich methodologies in her research, including observational, daily diaries and longitudinal designs, to gain insight into real-life dyadic patterns of both partners’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviour, and how relationship develop over time.

Eri also has a secondary interest in research on positive emotions, including how gratitude, pride, and humility shapes people’s perceptions and behaviors when interacting with others and their consequences on well-being. 

Publications

Sasaki, E., Overall, N.C., Chang, V.T., & Low, R.S. T. (in press). A dyadic perspective of emotional suppression: Own or partner suppression weakens relationships. Emotion.

Tong, E. M. W., Reddish, P., Oh, V.Y.S., Ng, W., Sasaki, E., Chin, E. D. A., & Diener, E. (2021). Income robustly predicts self-regard emotions. Emotion. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/emo0000933

Sasaki, E., & Overall, N.C. (2021). Partners’ Withdrawal when Actors Behave Destructively: Implications for Perceptions of Partners’ Responsiveness and Relationship Satisfaction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47(2), 307-323. doi:10.1177/0146167220926820

Sasaki, E., & Overall, N.C. (2020). A Dyadic Perspective of Felt Security: Does Partners’ Security Buffer the Effects of Actors’ Insecurity on Daily Commitment? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 7411. doi:10.3390/ijerph17207411

Sasaki, E., Jia, L., Heng, Y.L., & Goh, M.T. (2020). Gratitude Inhibits competitive behavior in threatening interactions. Cognition and Emotion, 34(6), 1097-1111. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2020.1724892

Tong, E. M. W., Lum, D. J. K., Sasaki, E., & Yu, Z. (2018). Concurrent and temporal relationships between humility and emotional and psychological well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 20(5), 1343-1358. doi:10.1007/s10902-018-0002-317207411