Evolution and Social Sciences Seminar

Monday, February 4, 2019 12:00pm

Room 572, Bond Life Sciences Center

Prof. Simine Vazire

The Evolution and Social Sciences Seminar presents, "The Credibility Revolution in Psychology," by Prof. Simine Vazire, University of California-Davis, Department of Psychology, on Monday, Feb. 4 in Room 572, Bond Life Sciences Center. 

Prof. Vazire writes, "A fundamental part of the scientific enterprise is for each field to engage in critical self-examination to detect errors in our theories and methods, and improve them. In this talk, I discuss how well psychology, as a science, has been living up to this ideal, and what principles should guide our efforts to improve our science."

Prof. Vazire's research examines people's self-knowledge of their own personality and behavior. She uses a combination of methods, including self-reports, informant reports, experience sampling and naturalistic behavior observation using the Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR). Her goal is to measure how people differ from one another not just at the trait level but also in their patterns of fluctuations across different roles and situations. She examines how much insight people have about their own and close others' traits and patterns. She is also interested in how personality and social relationships (e.g., friendship) influence well-being. Finally, she is interested in research methods, and factors that affect the vailidty and replicability of psychological research.