Social/Personality Program

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 breadth.

Our faculty conduct research spanning a broad spectrum of human behavior. This research includes such topics as: the structure, development, and change dynamics of personality attributes and belief systems; self and identity processes; interpersonal perception; social interaction, relationships, and group dynamics; attribution, perspective taking and related social cognitive processes; decision making, emotion, and risk perception; psychology and law; emotion regulation; neurological bases of social cognition, affect, and motivation; and attitudes, values, and moral sentiments.

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