Graduate Student in Personality/Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychology
Evanston, Illinois, USA 60208
office: 109 Cresap Laboratory
Biological and descriptive approaches to personality are concerned with identifying the fundamental dimensions along which people differ. My current research in examines the affective, behavioral, cognitive, and desire (the "ABCDs" of personality) components of basic individual differences. This research uses a web-based personality test that may be found at the Personality Project, a website devoted to current personality theory and research. I am also interested in how normal personality traits relate to personality pathology.
The Study of Life-Narratives
One way that people make sense of their lives is through the psychological construction of life narratives. My current projects in this area examine (i) the functions of life stories, (ii) the intergenerational transmission of virtues through life stories, (iii) memories of authentic and inauthentic experiences, and (iv) narratives of professional dancers.
Intra-individual Variability in Personality States
Personality states may be thought of as having the same characteristics of personality traits, except whereas traits are thought to be stable, states may change rapidly over short periods of time. My current projects in this area are concerned with (i) the relationships between personality states, affect, and subjective judgments of one's own authenticity, (ii) the structure of affective and behavioral variability, and (iii) the relations between positive and negative affective variability and psychopathology.
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Last updated November 3, 2012.