Professor Le's research focuses on how emotions and motivation shape well-being in interpersonal relationships. In particular, she examines how and when the regulation of emotions, the perception of emotions, and the motivation to care for others predict well-being for better or for worse. To do so, she uses naturalistic methods including surveying people in daily life, observing them in lab interactions, and following-up with them over time. Given that supportive relationships are vital to psychological well-being and physical health, the goal of Professor Le's research is to understand how emotional and motivational processes may help or hinder the maintenance of satisfying relationships.
- Le, B. M., Impett, E. A., Lemay, Jr., E. P., Muise, A., & Tskhay, K. O. (2018). Communal motivation and well-being in interpersonal relationships: An integrative review and meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 144(1), 1-25.
- Le, B. M., & Impett, E. A. (2017). Parenting goal pursuit is linked to emotional well-being, relationship quality, and responsiveness. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Advanced online publication.
- Le, B. M., & Impett, E. A. (2016). The costs of suppressing negative emotions and amplifying positive emotions for parents. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(3), 323-336.
- Le, B. M., & Impett, E. A. (2015). The rewards of caregiving for communally motivated parents. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6(7), 758-765.
- Impett, E. A., Le, B. M., Kogan, A., Oveis, C., & Keltner, D. (2014). When you think your partner is holding back: The costs of perceived partner suppression during relationship sacrifice. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5(5), 542-549.
- Impett, E. A., Le, B. M., Asyabi-Eshghi, B., Day, L. C., & Kogan, A. (2013). To give or not to give? Sacrificing for avoidance goals is not costly for the highly interdependent. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4(6), 649-657.
- Le, B. M., & Impett, E. A. (2013). When holding back helps: Suppressing negative emotions during sacrifice feels authentic and is beneficial for the highly interdependent. Psychological Science, 24(9), 1809-1815.
- Le, B. M., Impett, E. A., Kogan, A., Webster, G. D., & Cheng, C. (2013). The personal and interpersonal rewards of communal orientation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30(6), 695-712.