personality and self-knowledge lab

simine vazire, ph.d.

uc davis

department of psychology

graduate students

    kathryn bollich

    robert wilson

    brittany solomon*

    kelci harris*

    *co-mentored with josh jackson


research interests

our lab examines the accuracy of people's perceptions of their own and others' personality. examples of research questions that occupy our thoughts:

   how well do people know themselves?

   do others know things about us that we don't know about ourselves?

   is self-knowledge good?

   how can self-knowledge be improved?

   do people know what makes them happy?

   can people change their personality?

   how do narcissists see themselves? how are they seen by others?

wash u personality psychologists
arp conference
june 2011

brittany & erika at the
close relationships conference
nov 2009

lew goldberg family tree
arp conference july 2009

(sam gosling, erika carlson, simine vazire, oliver john)
spsp feb 2009

brittany, kathryn, & juliane at the
katy trail outside st. louis
oct 2010

jordan, brittany, katrina, & kathryn
at spsp jan 2011

kathryn, brittany, & erika
at spsp jan 2011

lab mascot
lab alumni

    erika carlson
    (now at U of Toronto)

former honors students

    paul johannet
    (now at Stanford med school)

    katrina jongman-sereno
    (now at Duke University)

    jordan livingston
    (now at University of Oregon)

    aaron weidman
    (now at UBC)
recent publications

Vazire & Wilson (2012), Handbook of Self-Knowledge

Carlson, Vazire, & Oltmanns (in press), JP

Carlson (in press), Self & Identity

Carlson, Vazire, & Oltmanns (2011), JPSP

Bollich, Johannet, & Vazire (2011), Frontiers

Carlson & Kenny (2012), Handbook of Self-Knowledge

Carlson, Vazire & Furr (2011), JPSP

Vazire & Carlson (2011), CDPS

Vazire (2010), JPSP

Carlson et al. (2010), SPPS

Vazire & Carlson (2010), SPPC

press highlights


        daniel ames
        mijta back
        john doris
        david funder
        mike furr
        sam gosling
        oliver john
        john jost
        zlatan krizan
        matthias mehl
        laura naumann
        del paulhus
        jamie pennebaker
        jason rentfrow
        rick robins
        steve schapiro
        rich slatcher
        sanjay srivastava
        tim wilson
        dustin wood

resources for researchers interested in collecting informant reports

"it is reality that 'owns' the truth about personality, not any single operationalization."  
-robert mccrae, quoted in hofstee (1994)      

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