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Niall Bolger
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1987

General Area of Research

How do our close relationships affect how we cope with stressful events?

Current Research

Prof. Bolger has three areas of research. He studies adjustment processes in close relationships using intensive longitudinal research designs that include diary based reports and physiological measurements. He also studies personality processes as they are revealed in patterns of behavior, emotion, and physiology in daily life. Finally, he is interested in statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal and multilevel data.

Relevant Publications


Bolger, N., & Laurenceau, J-P. (2013). Intensive longitudinal methods: An introduction to diary and experience sampling research. New York: Guilford.

Bolger, N., Caspi, A., Downey, G., & Moorehouse, M. (Eds.) (1988). Persons in context: Developmental processes. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Stadler, G., Snyder, K., A., Horn, A. B., Shrout, P. E., & Bolger, N. (2012). Close relationships and health in daily life: A review and empirical data on intimacy and somatic symptoms. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 398-409.

Iida, M., Shrout, P. E., Laurenceau, J.-P., & Bolger, N. (2012). Using diary methods in psychological research. In H. Cooper, P. M. Camic, D. L. Long, A. T. Panter, D. Rindskopf & K. J. Sher (Eds.), APA handbook of research methods in psychology, Vol 1: Foundations, planning, measures, and psychometrics (pp. 277-305). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.

Bartz, J. A., Zaki, J., Bolger, N., & Ochsner, K. N. (2011). Social effects of oxytocin in humans: Context matters. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15, 301-309.

Bolger, N., Stadler, G. & Laurenceau, J.-P. (2011). Power analysis for diary and intensive longitudinal studies. In M. R. Mehl & T. S. Conner (Eds.), Handbook of research methods for studying daily life (pp. 285-301). New York: Guilford.

Laurenceau, J.-P., & Bolger, N. (2011). Analyzing diary and intensive longitudinal data from dyads. In M. R. Mehl & T. S. Conner (Eds.), Handbook of research methods for studying daily life (pp. 407-422). New York: Guilford.

Bartz, J., Zaki, J., Ochsner, K, N., Bolger, N., Kolevzon, A., Ludwig, N., Lydon, J. (2010). Effects of oxytocin on recollections of maternal care and closeness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 21371–21375.

Atlas, L. Y., Bolger, N., Lindquist, M. A., Wager, T. D. (2010) Brain mediators of predictive cue effects on perceived pain. Journal of Neuroscience. 30, 12964-12977

Bartz, J., Zaki, J., Bolger, N. & Ochsner, K. (2010) Oxytocin selectively improves empathic accuracy. Psychological Science, 21, 1426-1428

Shrout, P. E., Bolger, N., Iida, M., Burke, C. T., Gleason, M. E. J., & Lane, S. (2010). The effects of daily support transactions during acute stress: Results from a daily diary study of bar exam preparation. In K. T. Sullivan & J. Davila (Eds.), Support processes in intimate relationships (pp. 175-199). New York: Oxford.

Ames, D. R., Kammrath, L. K. Suppes, A., and Bolger, N. (2010). Not so fast: The (not-quite-complete) dissociation between accuracy and confidence in thin slice impressions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 264 - 277.

Bolger, N., Stadler, G., Paprocki, C., & DeLongis, A. (2010). Grounding social psychology in behavior in daily life: The case of conflict and distress in couples. In C. Agnew, D. E. Carlston, W. G. Graziano & J. E. Kelly (Eds.), Then a miracle occurs: Focusing on behavior in social psychological theory and research (pp. 368-390). New York: Oxford University Press.

Zaki, J., Weber, J., Bolger, N., & Ochsner, K. (2009). The neural bases of empathic accuracy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, 11382-11387.

Courses Frequently Taught

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Columbia University
Psychology Dept.
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