Arterberry, Walsh ’19, and Daniels ’19 Coauthor Paper in Infancy

A new study by Professor of Psychology Martha Arterberry, Northwestern University’s Susan J. Hespos, Cole Walsh ’19, and Carolyn Daniels ’19 was published in the journal Infancy. The paper, “Integration of Thought and Action Continued: Scale Errors and Categorization in Toddlers,” explores the effect of weighted arms on toddler’s performance in problem-solving. “Weighting the arms did...

Rogers Publishes a New Paper on Nostalgia

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Ross Rogers published a new paper, “Eye of the Beholder: Memory Recall Perspective Impacts Nostalgia’s Influence on Positive Affect,” in Frontiers in Psychology – Personality and Social Psychology. “Recalling memories for which one is nostalgic provides a host of psychological benefits, including promoting positive affect,” according to the paper’s abstract....

Huffman Coauthors Paper On Virtual Reality

Assistant Professor of Psychology Derek Huffman coauthored a new paper, “Landmarks: A solution for spatial navigation and memory experiments in virtual reality” in Behavior Research Methods. “Research into the behavioral and neural correlates of spatial cognition and navigation has benefited greatly from recent advances in virtual reality (VR) technology,” according to the paper’s abstract. While...

Soto Becomes Society for Personality and Social Psychology Fellow

Christopher Soto, associate professor of psychology, has become a fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). This fellowship honors SPSP members who have made longstanding and extraordinary contributions to the field of personality and social psychology.

Soto Coauthors Paper on Disagreeable Personalities; Popular Media Covers It

Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto coauthored the paper “People with disagreeable personalities (selfish, combative, and manipulative) do not have an advantage in pursuing power at work” recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Popular science journals such as Psychology Today and Science News ran stories about the paper. The coauthors research found that “when pursuing...

Soto Research Highlighted in Forbes Article on Extroverts

Personality research by Associate Professor of Sociology Christopher Soto was featured in an April 11 Forbes article titled “Extroverts Are More Likely To Be Romantically Satisfied — That Is, Unless You Are A Woman.” Analyzing more than 6,000 personality tests, Soto and a team of psychologists identified differences among men and women extroverts. “New research appearing in...

Coane and Students Published Paper on Social Media Memory in Cognitive Research

Associate Professor of Psychology Jen Coane coauthored a paper with students Grace Arnold ’17, Kimberly Bourne ’16, and Sarah Boland ’17 recently published in the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications. Titled “Reading the news on Twitter: Source and item memory for social media in younger and older adults,” the study “examined how the presentation...

Paper by Sheets on Stress Reactivity Published in Cognitive Therapy and Research

Associate Professor of Psychology Erin Sheets has a newly published paper out. “Daily Interpersonal and Noninterpersonal Stress Reactivity in Current and Remitted Depression” was published in Cognitive Therapy and Research March 23. The paper’s primary findings were that currently depressed individuals demonstrated greater emotional reactivity to daily perceived stress and daily negative events, relative to previously depressed and...

Soto Personality Projects Earns Commendation

A project by Chris Soto, associate professor of psychology, was selected to receive a commendation from the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science. Soto’s project is titled Life Outcomes Of Personality Replication, which was published in the April 2019 issue of the journal Psychological Science. SIPS commendations recognize projects and products that promote the society’s mission to improve methods...

Soto Discusses Personality on Something You Should Know Podcast

A recent episode of the popular Something You Should Know podcast features an interview with Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto. In the interview, Soto discusses the latest research on personality: what it is, where it comes from, and how it changes across the lifespan. The episode is available on iTunes, podcast apps, and online.

Soto’s Personality Research Back in the News

Multiple news sources are running stories about where personalities come from and why they’re all so different. The articles cite Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto, who studies the “Big Five” personality traits. “Every personality trait is a continuous dimension. You can be very high or very low, and most people fall somewhere in between,” Soto...

Coane Quoted in Washington Post Story about Theft and Photographic Memory

Jennifer Coane, associate professor of psychology, was quoted in the Sept. 10 Washington Post article “Did a cashier steal 1,300 credit card numbers with a ‘photographic memory?’ Experts doubt it.” Coane, who studies how memory works, told the Post that recalling the world in vivid detail would make daily functioning difficult, “You could never be able to erase anything...

Soto Quoted in NPR Story on Big Five Personality, Picked Up Nationwide

In a July 10 NPR story titled “The Famous Big 5 Personality Test Might Not Reveal The True You,” Assistant Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto is quoted repeatedly on the origins of the test as well as a recent study testing its effectiveness in developing countries. Researchers are finding “that in many of these developing...

Arterberry Profiled as Infant Behavior & Development Editor

Professor of Psychology Martha Arterberry was profiled by the psychology journal Infant Behavior & Development, at which she serves as editor-in-chief. The profile shows how her path from undergraduate work at Pomona College, to an exchange program at Swarthmore College, to graduate work at the University of Minnesota kept her research focused on infant perception. Arterberry finds...

Soto Published Article in Psychological Science Confirming Replicability

Christopher Soto, associate professor of psychology, has published a paper in the journal Psychological Science addressing the replicability crisis in psychology. His paper, “How Replicable Are Links Between Personality Traits and Consequential Life Outcomes? The Life Outcomes of Personality Replication Project,” presents the findings of his project, which “provide grounds for cautious optimism about the personality–outcome...

Soto’s Big Five Personality Test Featured by FiveThirtyEight

The FiveThirtyEight data journalism site recently featured an interactive personality test developed by Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto and collaborator Oliver John. The test, known as the BFI-2, measures the Big Five personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, negative emotionality, and open-mindedness. The FiveThirtyEight feature shows how your personality compares with the average American adult. You can take the test and see...

Study by Pittman Noted in New York Times Op-Ed on Social Psychology

An Oct. 27 New York Times op-ed titled “Science Confirms It: People Are Not Pets” cites a 2007 study by Thane Pittman, Professor of Psychology, Emeritus. The piece takes a fresh look at social psychology research concerning intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation and notes that “the conclusions that rewards frequently kill both interest and excellence have, if anything, grown...

Soto Referenced in APS Article Discussing Boston Globe Op-ed

As social media heats up in response to a Jan. 21 op-ed in the Boston Globe, “For better science, call off the revolutionaries” the Association for Psychological Science reported on the debate in this Jan. 22 article. Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto is mentioned in ASP’s article, which notes Soto shared on Twitter a letter he...

Soto Quoted in FiveThirtyEight Article on The Big Five

Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto was tapped for an article about personality tests in a FiveThirtyEight article titled “Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. I Found One That Isn’t.” The Big Five “is a system that organizes personality around five broad clusters of traits: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience,” the article states. Soto is referenced...

Arterberry Paper on Integration of Thought and Action in Infancy

Professor of Psychology Martha Arterberry had her paper “Integration of Thought and Action: Arm Weights Facilitate Search Accuracy in 24-Month-Old Children” published in Infancy Sept. 7. The paper reports findings from two studies addressing perception and action in 24-month-old children conducted during Arterberry’s sabbatical in 2014-15 in collaboration with Susan Hespos at Northwestern University and Rachel...