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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Social & Personality Psychology

Ours is a vigorous research and training program in social and personality psychology. The following topics show what we explore:

  • Close Relationships
  • Emotions
  • Personality
  • Writing and Talking
  • Social Neuroendocrinology
  • Self and Identity
  • Animal Personality
  • Social Neuroscience
  • Social Cognition
  • Natural Language
  • Social Media
  • Social Interactions
  • Group Processes
  • Interpersonal perception
  • Psychology of Physical Space

Very broadly, the goals of our faculty and graduate students are:

  • To conduct research on problems that capture our interest and captivate the imagination
  • To understand basic psychological processes and their implications for real-world behavior
  • To conduct the highest caliber research and have fun in the process (after all, life is short!)
Samuel Gosling

Samuel Gosling
Social and Personality Area Chair

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