Christopher J. Soto
Associate Professor of Psychology
Social and Personality Psychology
A.B., Harvard University, 2000
Areas of Expertise
- Personality structure
- Lifespan personality development
- Relations between personality traits and life outcomes
- Psychological measurement
Courses Currently Teaching
|PS214 A||Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I|
|PS251 A||Personality Psychology|
|PS339 A||Seminar in Personality Psychology|
|PS340 A||Collaborative Research in Personality Psychology|
The second issue is lifespan personality development: When, how, and why people’s personalities change as they age. I am curious both about how people’s personalities typically change across the life span (normative change), and about why different people’s personalities change in different ways (individual differences in change).
The third issue is personality and life outcomes: How someone's personality characteristics helps shape the course of their life. I am particularly interested in understanding how personality traits influence (a) subjective well-being (e.g., whether or not someone is satisfied with their life), and (b) the political attitudes that different people hold.
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