Arthur Aron

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Arthur Aron
Born (1945-07-02) July 2, 1945 (age 73)
Residence Stony Brook, New York, United States
Citizenship United States
Education BA, MA (University of California at Berkeley),
PhD (University of Toronto)
Alma mater University of California at Berkeley,
University of Toronto
Known for Self-expansion model of motivation in interpersonal relationships
Spouse(s) Elaine Aron
Scientific career
Fields Psychology of interpersonal relationships,
social psychology
Institutions State University of New York at Stony Brook
Doctoral advisor A. J. Arrowood

Arthur Aron (born July 2, 1945) is a professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is best known for his work on intimacy in interpersonal relationships, and development of the self-expansion model of motivation in close relationships.

Early life and education[edit]

Arthur Aron received a bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy in 1967 and a master's degree in social psychology in 1968, both from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned a PhD in social psychology from the University of Toronto in 1970.[citation needed]


Aron's work focuses on the role, creation, and maintenance of friendship and intimacy in interpersonal relationships. He developed the self-expansion model of close relationships; it posits that one of the motivations humans have for forming close relationships is self-expansion, i.e., "expansion of the self", or personal growth and development.

Personal life[edit]

Aron is married to psychologist Elaine Aron.[1]