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Sanjay Srivastava

Sanjay Srivastava

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People are powerfully affected by their social environments. However, people do not encounter environments randomly or passively. Research in my lab examines the different ways that people select, change, interpret, and respond to their social environments, a set of processes collectively known as person-environment interactions. This research brings together a variety of topics in personality and social psychology and related fields, including interpersonal perception, emotions, and personality development.

Interpersonal perception, including self-perception, is a critical topic in the study of interactions: self-perceptions can affect or be affected by social environments, and the responses that people evoke from others are mediated by others’ perceptions of them. Emotions are important in interactions because emotions guide people’s responses to personally meaningful social cues, and emotions shape social behavior through expression and communication (or lack thereof). The study of personality dynamics and development examines interactions with a broader view of time and social context. In our work we use a variety of research paradigms, including laboratory studies, surveys, experience sampling, and longitudinal designs. Much of this work draws upon recent innovations in research methods and statistics, such as Internet-based sampling and assessment, specialized designs for studying interpersonal perception in dyads and groups (including multiple-informant designs and Kenny's social relations model), and quantitative models of growth and dynamic processes.

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  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Sanjay Srivastava
Department of Psychology
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1227
United States

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