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.

Arthur Aron
Born (1945-07-02) July 2, 1945 (age 77)
EducationBA, MA (University of California at Berkeley),
PhD (University of Toronto)
Alma materUniversity of California at Berkeley,
University of Toronto
Known forSelf-expansion model of motivation in interpersonal relationships
SpouseElaine Aron
Scientific career
FieldsPsychology of interpersonal relationships,
social psychology
InstitutionsState University of New York at Stony Brook
Doctoral advisorA. J. Arrowood

In 2018, Aron featured in the Australian narrative film ‘36 Questions[1]’.

Early life and educationEdit

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, Berkeley. He earned a PhD in social psychology from the University of Toronto in 1970.[2]


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 lifeEdit

Aron is married to psychologist Elaine Aron.[3]

His son is television writer Elijah Aron and grandsons are Elliot Aron (age 11) and Simon Aron (age 15).


  1. ^ 36 Questions: The Movie (Featuring Dr. Arthur Aron), retrieved 2022-10-22
  2. ^ "Art". Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  3. ^ WebMD, Elaine N. Aron, PhD biography