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David Ochsner (primary)
512 475 9712

Rachel Griess (primary)
512 471 2689

Samuel D Gosling

Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts

Phone: +1 512 471 1628

Sam Gosling is a personality/social psychologist who conducts research in three primary areas.

1) How people select and craft the environments in which they dwell to suit their personalities (and what you can learn about people from snooping around these spaces). The contexts he studies include living spaces, offices, music preferences, and social media profiles (e.g., Facebook). This work was summarized in his book "Snoop: What your stuff says about you."

2) Personality or temperament in non-human animals. This work can be used to: (a) Improve animal welfare (e.g., matching shelter animals to appropriate homes), (b) improve effectiveness of working animals (e.g., selecting dogs well suited to explosive detection work), and (c) inform research in personality, social, and health psychology in the human domain.

3) Developing online data-collection methods in the behavioral sciences.

4) He is the recipient the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution. His research frequently appears in the national and international media.


Social Media, Personality in humans and other animals, impression formation, Internet research methods.

Gosling, S. D. (2008). Snoop: What your stuff says about you. New York: Basic books. Gosling, S. D., & Johnson, J. A. (Eds). (2010). Advanced Methods for Behavioral Research on the Internet. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Back, M. D., Stopfer, J. M., Vazire, S., Gaddis, S., Schmukle, S. C., Egloff, B., & Gosling, S. D. (2010). Facebook profiles reflect actual personality, not self-idealization. Psychological Science, 21, 372-374. Gosling, S. D. (2008). Personality in non-human animals. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 985-1002. Gosling, S. D., Vazire, S., Srivastava, S., & John, O. P. (2004). Should we trust Web-based studies? A comparative analysis of six preconceptions about Internet questionnaires. American Psychologist, 59, 93-104. Gosling, S. D., Ko, S. J., Mannarelli, T., & Morris, M. E. (2002). A Room with a Cue: Judgments of Personality Based on Offices and Bedrooms. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 379-398.