FIELDS OF INTEREST
We study the following topics:
Social Desirability: What scales of social desirability measure and what is it that they fail to measure? What are the motivations behind social desirability? What are the real life implications of social desirability? What are the contexts in which a high social desirability score predicts adaptive behavior, and when does social desirability predict maladaptive responses?
Public Social Contexts: How does having (or thinking about having) another person observe you affect your feelings, cognitions, and behavior? Social presence is a demanding yet ambiguous interpersonal situation. A meta-analysis showed that the effects of social presence largely depends on the actor's personality (Uziel, 2007). We aim at understanding how individuals perceive and respond in this basic social context
Self-Control & Self-Control Motive: Self-control is crucial for adaptation. In the Lab, we try to understand the role of one's motive to have more self-control - using a newly-developed Self-Control Motive Questionnaire (see Resources) - on actual self-control in varying conditions. More broadly, we ask how the combination of a want (motive) and an ability (actual self-control) affects emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses.
Personality & Affect: How personality shapes affective reactions? How personality (mainly Extraversion and Neuroticism) affects cognitive construal of reality along axes of positivity and negativity? Is there a typical and a-typical way for these relationships to exist? How changes in circumstances (e.g., happy vs. sad ambience) affect personality-cognitive construal relationship?
Location: Rooms 421-423 (4th floor), Psychology Building, Bar-Ilan University.