Michael R. Maniaci

Michael R. Maniaci


Assistant Professor
Social-Personality Psychology
Research Area: Close Relationships

Contact Information:
Office: BS-202 (Behavioral Sciences building)
Telephone: (561) 297-3305
E-mail: mmaniaci AT fau.edu


General Research Interests

My research focuses on interpersonal attraction and the formation and maintenance of close relationships. More specifically, I examine how daily interactions (such as social support, compassionate acts, or the use of humor) influence relationship functioning. I am also interested in how couples evaluate their relationships and the implications of discrepancies between implicit and explicit evaluations. Finally, I am interested in methodology, including techniques for addressing excessively inattentive or careless responding on self-report measures.


Research Team

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Representative Publications


Rogge, R. D., Fincham, F. D., Crasta, D., & Maniaci, M. R. (in press). Positive and negative evaluation of relationships: Development and validation of the Positive-Negative Relationship Quality (PN-RQ) scale. Psychological Assessment.

Finkel, E. J., Norton, M. I., Reis, H. T., Ariely, D., Caprariello, P. A., Eastwick, P, W., Frost, J. H., & Maniaci, M. R. (2015). When does familiarity promote versus undermine interpersonal attraction? A proposed integrative model from erstwhile adversaries. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 3-19.

Maniaci, M. R., & Rogge, R. D. (2014). Caring about carelessness: Participant inattention and its effects on research. Journal of Research in Personality, 48, 61-83.

Reis, H. T., Maniaci, M. R., & Rogge, R. D. (2014). The expression of compassionate love in everyday compassionate acts. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 651-676.

Reis, H. T., Maniaci, M. R., Caprariello, P. A., Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2011). Familiarity does indeed promote attraction in live interaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 557-570.

Reis, H. T., Maniaci, M. R., Caprariello, P. A., Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2011). In live interaction, does familiarity promote attraction or contempt?: A reply to Norton. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 575-578.

Reis, H. T., Smith, S. M., Carmichael, C. L., Caprariello, P. A., Tsai, F. F., Rodrigues, A., & Maniaci, M. R. (2010). Are you happy for me? How sharing positive events with others provides personal and interpersonal benefits. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 311-329.

Maniaci, M. R., & Reis, H. T. (2010). The marriage of positive psychology and relationship science: A reply to Fincham and Beach. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 47-53.


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