personality and self-knowledge lab

simine vazire, ph.d.

uc davis

department of psychology


what we study

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?

   research methods and replicability (see simine's blog)


uc davis lab


robert wilson
graduate student

komi german
lab manager

Robert is a graduate student in Psychology at UC Davis. His research examines patterns in how people's personality fluctuates from one context to another. He uses a multi-method approach (self-reports, informant-reports, experience sampling, EAR audio recordings, Facebook behavioral codings) to examine how our personalities vary across social roles and situations. He also examines the amount of self-awareness people generally have about their personality and behavioral patterns.

Komi graduated from UC Davis with Highest Honors and a BA degree in Psychology in the spring of 2014. She is interested in how the experience, expression, and explanation of emotions are associated with coping strategies and conflict resolution. In the fall of 2015, she will be entering the PhD program in Social Psychology at UC Riverside.

research assistants (and research interests)

aimee lynch
human behavior in the workplace

agnessa spichka
social cognition and behavior

amanda bevan
the genetic basis of altruism in primates

amanda saetern
clinical psychology and mental health

anna barberio
child psychology

antonelle racelis
psychology of the self

brian rainey
psychology of stereotypes

caroline goswami
biopsychology, neurotransmitters & behavior

cesar hernandez
cognitive neuroscience, disgust & pleasure

charisse dimalanta

charlaine chui

deanna deleon
personal behavior and the self

ekaterina bulycheva
psychology of emotion

fernanda cazares
emotional health

gurvir singh
theory of mind

hadeyeh hidari
sports psychology

haley weintraub
social interactions

hillary estella
abnormal psychology & mental health

jeser villanueva
cognitive psychology & neurological disorders

jesse tatum
depression and stigma

julianna roy
personality development in childhood

katherine liu
culture and psychology

katrina comaroto
education psychology

madhur singh
behavioral psychology

mark cubillan
sleep and interpersonal relations

melodie walker
personality, genes, & hormones

mengxue sun
social psychology

monique boediono
dreams & the unconscious mind

neelam kumar
cognitive dissonance in romantic relationships

paloch srivichai
cognitive psych & psychological abnormalities

sean french
abnormal psychology

stephen hillyer
psychopathology, depression & anxiety

steven chi
marginalization of social groups

theresa pasion
social & personality psychology

vivi thatikunta
industrial/organizational psychology

yael straus
cognitive development in young children

yani gavaldon
behavioral and cognitive psychology

zhonghan wang
cognitive and social psychology

wash u lab

kathryn bollich
graduate student

brittany solomon
graduate student

kelci harris
graduate student

some of our wash u RAs

lab alumni

erika carlson
assistant professor
university of toronto

katrina jongman-sereno
former honors student
graduate student at duke

jordan livingston
former honors student
graduate student at oregon

aaron weidman
former RA
graduate student at ubc


        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

more lab photos

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

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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