Social/Personality Program in Psychology

Research in social and personality psychology at the University of Oregon reflects an intellectually diverse approach to understanding intrapersonal and interpersonal processes and individual differences. The primary goal of our program is to train outstanding researchers, and our program stands apart for its high quality of research and training combined with substantive and methodological breath. Our faculty conduct research spanning a broad spectrum of human behavior. This research includes such topics as: power and status hierarchies; decision making, emotion, and risk perception; emotion regulation; the psychology of religion; self-regulation and goal pursuit; structure, development, and change dynamics of personality attributes and belief systems; attitudes, values, and moral sentiments; social comparison and the self; interpersonal perception in social interactions; group dynamics; perspective taking and related social cognitive processes; and psychology and the law. Research in these areas draws upon a wide range of methods: in addition to traditional single-subject laboratory behavioral experiments, our researchers use dyadic and group methods, psychophysiology, neuroimaging, experience sampling, longitudinal studies, surveys, and field research methods. Our program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, and students often work with faculty from all other areas of psychology, from other departments and units on campus, and from other institutions in the Eugene area. Each student can flexibly tailor his or her own graduate program under the guidance of faculty advisors, making the social and personality psychology program a distinctive training experience for each graduate student. Although students are required to take a small core of formal classes, most graduate training occurs in close, informal seminars with one or more faculty members.


Psychology Faculty Research