Department Colloquium: Jeremy Biesanz, UBC Psychology

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Dr. Jeremy Biesanz, University of British Columbia
What have we Learned from New Analytical Models of Interpersonal Perception?

Abstract: How accurate are our initial impressions of others? Do some individuals form more accurate impressions of others? Are some individuals more accurately perceived? If so, how do we assess and identify these individuals? Answering these and related questions requires the development and use of different analytical (componential) models. However there is a paradox inherent in modeling accuracy — different componential models of accuracy are necessary, broadly equivalent, and yet often incompatible. This paradox is illustrated with different levels of analysis and components of interpersonal perception and the implications for personality, individual differences, and interpersonal perception are discussed. At the same time, examining and integrating, when feasible, different models provides novel insight into the levels of accuracy, important and critical individual differences with respect to accuracy, and the process through which accurate impressions are formed.

Jeremy Biesanz

Jeremy Biesanz conducts research in personality, interpersonal perception, accuracy, personality coherence, and quantitative methods.


Annually the Department of Psychology hosts a Colloquia Series throughout the academic year.