Social and Personality
Our program is designed to train students for research on the cutting edge of the fields of social and
personality psychology. The curriculum consists of a series of courses and seminars designed to provide
students with a thorough introduction to the fields of social and personality psychology. This coursework
is complemented by courses that provide the methodological and statistical skills necessary for
several kinds of research. Our primary emphasis is on experimental laboratory research, but we
also provide training in field research, longitudinal studies, observational methods, and
archival research. There are also opportunities to pursue theoretical issues in various applied
areas (e.g., Education, health psychology). Our goal is to train students for
productive academic careers in university settings. Students are provided with the opportunity to
with one or more faculty members on a variety of research topics including: achievement behavior,
aggression, attitudes, competition, emotion, goals and self-regulation, intrinsic motivation, life
span personality development, motivational strategies, personality coherence, social cognition, social
perception, social and personality neuroscience, and stereotypes and prejudice. Students are also
encouraged to develop their own independent lines of research.
Additional resources are available to students from outside the Psychology Department.
The social psychology program in the Sociology Department shares faculty members and courses
with the program in Psychology and offers seminars that supplement those taught in Psychology.
In addition, resources are provided by the Mass Communications Research Center, the Institute for
Research on Poverty, and the Survey Research Laboratory.
Affiliated Faculty: Professors
Newman (see Clinical),
Ryff (see Developmental).