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

Samuel D Gosling

Professor Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Samuel D Gosling

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Biography

I am a personality/social psychologist with three main areas of interest. First, in my work on social perception, I study fundamental issues in impression formation: How do people form impressions on the basis of how others behave, what they look like, and cues in the physical environment? In much of this work I focus on issues of consensus and accuracy; for example, I compare the cues people use to make personality inferences to the cues that are actually valid. Second, in my cross-species work, I examine how research on animals can inform theories of personality and social psychology. For example, I have studied individual differences in personality and social behaviors in several species as well as how personality traits are perceived and described in humans and other animals, such as hyenas, dogs, and cats. I use these findings as a comparative framework in which to contextualize findings from research on human personality. More generally, my research draws on evolutionary as well as ecological principles: Evolutionary because Darwin's theory provides a framework for integrating research across species boundaries, and ecological because we cannot understand organisms independent of the environments in which they live. Finally, I am interested in using empirical indices to track trends in the history of psychology.

Animal Personality Institute

Interests

Interpersonal perception, personality and temperament in non-human animals, and internet research methods

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43550-43558 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm
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Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 394V • Curr Tpcs In Social-Pers Psy

44375 • Spring 2014
Meets W 400pm-700pm SEA 3.250
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Seminars in Social and Personality Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43600 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 400pm-530pm GAR 0.128
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Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43152 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 400pm-530pm
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This Introductory Psychology section will be online and live at the assigned time.  A rotating group of 40-80 students will be invited to attend selected class presentations. Introductoy Psychology is designed to give the students a broad overview of the theory, methods, and findings of modern-day psychology. This is a computer-intensive course whereby students will be required to check into every class via their personal computer. In addition to daily benchmark quizzes, students will be expected to discuss class topics, take surveys, and participate in exercises on their computers. Although there is no textbook, online reading assignements will be assigned for each class. Grades will be based on the daily bechmarks and four writing assignments.  For more course information please visit:

 https://media.psy.utexas.edu/groups/psy301web/wiki/e572c/PSY_301_Online_Course_Gosling__Pennenaker.html#

PSY 341K • Personality Assessment

43300 • Spring 2012
Meets T 330pm-630pm SEA 2.108
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This class will teach students about the principles and practice of assessing personality. The early lectures will start with basic methods (e.g., self-reports) and will use them to demonstrate fundamental measurement principles. The class will then focus on several specific methods for assessing personality. Throughout the course, demonstrations and exercises will be used to illustrate the lecture material.

This course carries the Writing Flag. Writing Flag courses are designed to give you experience with writing in an academic discipline. In this class, you can expect to write regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback to help you improve your writing. You will also have the opportunity to revise one or more assignments, and to read and discuss your peers' work. So you should expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from your written work.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43040 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm BUR 106
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Daily benchmarks and grading. Although psychology is fun and exciting, don't expect it to be an easy course. Having taught this class dozens of times, we expect you to immerse yourself into the readings and lectures. This is an idea class as opposed to a simple fact class. We are more concerned with the ideas and implications of what Freud or Skinner thought than with their birthdays or favorite colors. All of the assessments will stress psychological concepts and their relationships to other concepts and to practical examples.

Rather than thinking of grading as a result of exams, tests, or quizzes, we think of this class as an opportunity to learn to ideas and perspectives. Instead of exams, we call them assessments or benchmarks. The benchmarks reflect student progress over the course of the semester. Although the lectures and readings are the same for both classes, the Pennebaker and Gosling sections will have separate benchmark assessments. If you are signed up for the 2:00 class, you can only take the 2:00 exam; ditto for the 3:30 class. The two sections will have somewhat different benchmark questions and may emphasize slightly different issues. Because any given lecture may be somewhat different in one class versus the other, be sure and attend the class you signed up for.

There will typically be an online benchmark at the beginning of every class. The benchmark assessments will generally include 8 questions – roughly half from lecture and half from the reading. Of the 8 questions, 5 or 6 will come from the previous lecture and most recent readings. The remaining 2-3 questions will be cumulative from previous parts of the course. In addition, at least one question will be specially selected from questions you have missed on your previous exams. Counting the first day of class, there are 28 lectures. The second lecture will be the first benchmark but it won’t count in order to give everyone the opportunity to learn how the system works. The remaining 26 classes will all have benchmarks that will count towards your final grade.

The final grade is based on your benchmark scores and the completion of the writing requirement. Each benchmark is worth 3.6% of your final grade. Your three lowest assessments are worth only 1%. The benchmark assessments are given at the same time at the beginning of class. If you are sick or have an emergency of some kind, you can take the benchmark remotely as long as you take it at the appointed time. If that doesn’t work, you can simply count up to three assessments that you miss as one of the lowest grades worth only 1% each. Because of this policy, there will be no makeup exams except under extremely unusual circumstances. Note that you are restricted to taking only five benchmark assessments remotely. If more than five are done remotely, you will be required to take supplementary exams during the final exam period on the supplemental assessments.

PSY 341K • Personality Assessment

43790 • Spring 2011
Meets TH 330pm-630pm SEA 2.108
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This class will teach students about the principles and practice of assessing personality. The early

lectures will start with basic methods (e.g., self-reports) and will use them to demonstrate

fundamental measurement principles. The class will then focus on several specific methods for

assessing personality. Throughout the course, demonstrations and exercises will be used to

illustrate the lecture material.

This course carries the Writing Flag. Writing Flag courses are designed to give you experience

with writing in an academic discipline. In this class, you can expect to write regularly during the

semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback to help you improve your

writing. You will also have the opportunity to revise one or more assignments, and to read and

discuss your peers' work. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to

come from your written work.

PSY 394V • Adv Tpcs In Personality Psych

44045 • Spring 2011
Meets T 600pm-900pm SEA 3.250
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Seminars in Social and Personality Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43000 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm BUR 106
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Prerequisites

A passing score on the reading section of the TASP test.

Course Description

The purpose of this class is to explore the many ways in which psychology illuminates our understanding of thinking and behavior and to examine critically theories and explanations of psychological phenomena.

Topics will include: the brain and its hemispheres, stress and lie detection, sleep, dreaming, and consciousness, cognitive and moral development, Freud and personality, schizophrenia and depression, and social psychology across cultures.

Course Requirements

Five multiple-choice exams will test your understanding of the material. In-class exercises and the departmental research requirement (subject pool) will provide you with a close-up view of research methods. In addition to the class work, all Psychology 301 students must complete a research requirement by either participating in experimental sessions within the Psychology Dept. or by writing a research paper(the topic must be approved by the TA).

Grading Policy

The five tests. Your final grade in the course is based on your performance on the five exams -- and your turning in your writing assignments. There is no final exam in the course. The computation of your final grade is based on the following:

Lowest of your five tests = 0% Other 4 exams @22.5% each = 90%

Writing assignments. Five writing assignments are due over the course of the semester. You will be graded simply on whether or not you turn them in. Each writing assignment is worth 2%, all 5 count for 10%.

There is no extra credit for this course.

Tests are non-cumulative. The format of the test will be multiple-choice questions. You will be tested on the content of the textbook and lectures (including demonstrations and videos). Everyone is expected to take tests at the regularly scheduled time. The best 4 out of 5 exam grades will be used to determine the course grade. You can drop any of the exams for any reason BUT YOU MUST PASS THE LAST EXAM. If you do not pass the final exam, your score on that exam will count as one of your 4 grades. If you do pass the final exam, then the best 4 grades will used (irrespective of your score on the final exam).

Texts

Experience Psychology with Connect Plus Psychology Access Card, 1st Edition.  Laura A. King, University of Missouri---ISBN-13 9780077406578

PSY 394V • Smnr In Socl & Personality Psy

44210 • Spring 2010
Meets W 400pm-700pm SEA 1.332
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Seminars in Social and Personality Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 341K • Personality Assessment-W

44140 • Fall 2009
Meets T 330pm-630pm SEA 2.108
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Psychology 341K: Assessment of Personality

Fall semester, 2009

 

This class will teach students about the principles and practice of assessing personality. The early lectures will start with basic methods (e.g., self-reports) and will use them to demonstrate fundamental measurement principles. The class will then focus on several specific methods for assessing personality. Throughout the course, demonstrations and exercises will be used to illustrate the lecture material.

 

Instructor:             Samuel Gosling, Ph.D.

Lecture hours:            Tue. 3.30-6.30 in SEA 2.108

Office hours:             Tue. 2:00-3:00

Office:             3.224 Seay Building

Phone:             471-1628

 

TA:            Lindsay Graham (lindsaytgraham@gmail.com; 232-9596); office hours: Mon 2-4 in SEA 3.426C

 

Texts:

Both books should be available at the Co-op but you might be able to find them cheaper online.

 

Psychometrics: An Introduction (by R. Michael Furr & Verne R. Bacharach, Sage, ISBN: 978-1412927604)

 

Snoop: What your stuff says about you (by Sam Gosling, Basic, ISBN: 978-0465013821)

 

In addition, topic-relevant course readings will be distributed throughout the course.

 

Class                        Topic                                                                                    Readings

 

Sept, 1st            Introduction & Background

                        What should we measure?

 

Sept, 8th            Methods: Unobtrusive measures           

 

Sept, 15th            Methods: Unobtrusive measures

 

Sept, 22            Methods: Self-reports

 

Sept, 29            Methods: Self-reports

 

Oct, 6                         Measurement & scale construction

 

Oct, 13            Measurement & scale construction           

 

Oct, 20            Midterm Exam (first half of class)

                        Methods: Behavior in situ

 

Oct, 27             Methods: Informant reports

 

Nov, 3                        Methods: Personality judgment           

 

Nov, 10            Methods: Trace measures            

 

Nov, 17              Methods: Interviews & biographical data

 

Nov, 24            Methods: Test data

 

Dec, 1                        Prediction paradigm & applications           

 

Examinations: Examinations will be held on Tuesday October 20th, and Wednesday December 9th (2-5pm), covering lectures, laboratory exercises, and readings covered so far.

 

"Lab" exercises:  Participation in class exercises and discussions is required.  If students miss classes, it is their responsibility to find out what they missed. 

 

Papers: Three papers will be due during the semester.  The final paper will be due at 5pm on Friday 4th December. Details on the nature of these papers will be discussed in class.  Late papers will receive a score of 0.  Part of the grade of each paper will be based on the quality of writing. It is each student's responsibility to be aware of the deadline and to start their paper in plenty of time.

 

Grading:

Mid-term examination 1 (Oct 20th)            10%

Final examination  (May 4th)                        10%

Lab exercises            (weekly)                        20%

Paper 1 (due Sept 29th)                        20%

Paper 2 (due Nov 10th)                        20%

Paper 3 (due Dec 4th)                                    20%           

            TOTAL                                    100%

 

Grades will be assigned as follows: A = 93-100; A- = 90-92; B+ = 87-89; B = 83-86; B- = 80-82; C+ = 77-79; C = 73-76; C- = 70-72; D+ = 67-69; D = 63-66; D- = 60-62; F = 0 -59.

 

NOTE: The Psychology Department will drop all students who do not meet the following prerequisites:

(a) PSY 301 with a C or better

(b) PSY 418 (or an equivalent listed in the course schedule) with a C or better

(c) Upper-Division standing (60 hours completed)

The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.  For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY.

PSY 385N • Fundmntls Of Personality Psy

44245 • Fall 2009
Meets W 100pm-400pm SEA 1.332
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Survey of important theories and research in personality psychology, with emphasis on current problems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. A core course option. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 394V • Personality Thry And Research

44365 • Fall 2009
Meets W 100pm-400pm SEA 1.332
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Seminars in Social and Personality Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 394V • Smnr In Socl & Personality Psy

44375 • Fall 2009
Meets T 500pm-800pm SEA 3.250
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Seminars in Social and Personality Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Books

Advanced Methods for Conducting Online Behavioral Research

Advanced Methods for Conducting Online Behavioral Research

 

Samuel D. Gosling

Advanced Methods for Conducting Online Behavioral Research
January 2010
American Psychological Association

 

Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You

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