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Michael Maniaci

Michael Maniaci

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Psychology
  • 561-297-3305
  • Boca Raton - Behavioral Sciences (BS-12), BS 201


Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology, University of Rochester

Research Interests

  • Close relationships
  • Interpersonal attraction
  • Social support

Research Description

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.

Selected Publications

Mizrahi, M., Lemay, E. P., Maniaci, M. R., & Reis, H. T. (2022). Seeds of love: Positivity bias mediates between passionate love and prorelationship behavior in romantic couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 39, 2207-2227.

Gilad, C., & Maniaci, M. R. (2022). The push and pull of dominance and power: When dominance hurts, when power helps, and the potential role of other-focus. Personality and Individual Differences, 184, 111159.

Crasta, D., Rogge, R. D., Maniaci, M. R., & Reis, H. T. (2021). Toward an optimized measure of perceived partner responsiveness: Development and validation of the Perceived Responsiveness and Insensitivity Scale. Psychological Assessment, 33, 338-355.

Joel, S., Eastwick, P. W., Allison, C. J., Arriaga, X. B., Baker, Z. G., Bar-Kalifa, E., ... & Wolf, S. (2020). Machine learning uncovers the most robust self-report predictors of relationship quality across 43 longitudinal couples studies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117, 19061-19071.

Mizrahi, M., Reis, H. T., Maniaci, M. R., & Birnbaum, G. E. (2019). When insecurity dampens desire: Attachment anxiety in men amplifies the decline in sexual desire during the early years of romantic relationships. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 1223-1236.

Girme, Y. U., Maniaci, M. R., Reis, H. T., McNulty, J. K., Carmichael, C. L., Gable, S. L., . . . Overall, N. C. (2018). Does support need to be seen? Daily invisible support promotes next day relationship well-being. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 882-893.

Reis, H. T., Maniaci, M. R., & Rogge, R. D. (2017). Compassionate acts and everyday emotional well-being among newlyweds. Emotion, 17, 751-763.

Rogge, R. D., Fincham, F. D., Crasta, D., & Maniaci, M. R. (2017). Positive and negative evaluation of relationships: Development and validation of the Positive-Negative Relationship Quality (PN-RQ) scale. Psychological Assessment, 29, 1028-1043.

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.