Social Personality Psychology

The goal of graduate training in Social Personality Psychology at UC Davis is to produce researchers and teachers of the highest caliber. The program provides intensive training in research methods, statistical analysis and a wide array of theoretical perspectives focusing on several major issues in social and personality psychology. Members of the program study the affective, cognitive, socio-cultural, biological, and developmental underpinnings of human behavior, using a variety of methodological strategies.

These methods range from archival and field-observational methods to computerized reaction-time tasks and neuroscientific techniques. Areas of emphasis include: Attitudes and Social Cognition, Emotion, Ethnicity and Culture, Intergroup Processes: Stigma, Prejudice, and Stereotyping, Personality Processes and Development, and Self and Social Identity.