Svetlana Komissarouk

Svetlana Komissarouk

Research Interests

Courses Taught

Fall 2015: UN2630 Social Psychology

Spring 2015-Fall 2022: GU4645 Culture, Motivation, and Prosocial Behavior

Fall 2019- Spring 2020: PSYC BC 1020 Behavioral Research Methods and Analysis

Fall 2018, Spring 2020-Spring 2023: GU4630 Advanced Seminar in Current Personality Theory and Research

Fall 2022: PSYC BC2125: Psychology of Personality

Spring 2023: PSYC BC1001: Introduction to Psychology


Current Research

Svetlana Komissarouk researches in three fields of social psychology – culture, motivation and prosocial behavior. In the cultural social psychological domain she is interested in how an individual’s type of attachment to their home country can impact their ability to take risks and to form new trust bonds with strangers. In motivational social psychology, her research applies Regulatory Mode Theory to basic social psychological questions of collaboration and creativity – such as: How does self-regulation influence the life-changing decisions people make and the ways they interact and affiliate with others? What kind of help do people prefer to give and receive according to their dominant motivational systems?
Svetlana Komissarouk is also known as a popularizer of psychological science. She appears in media and gives lectures to the general public all over the world.

Lab Member

Higgins Lab