Colloquium with Dr. Emilio Ferrer

Thursday January 29, 2015
12:30 PM - 1:50 PM



Emilio Ferrer, University of California, Davis


Statistical and exploratory models for studying dynamics in social interactions


Two important goals in the study of social interactions are: (a) the identification of patterns representative of the dynamics among the units in the system (e.g., parent-child, teacher-student, husband-wife), and (b) the use of such patterns to make predictions about the (future) state of the system. In this talk, I present longitudinal models to extract dynamics from intensive data reflecting dyadic interactions. I describe theoretical models that can capture such interactions and offer approaches to apply those models to empirical data. The approaches include statistical and mathematical models as well as exploratory techniques. In addition to extracting information about the dynamics of the system, I describe methods to evaluate the validity of the dynamics to make predictions of future states of the system.


Emilio Ferrer is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. He received his B.S. in Physical Education from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, his B.A. in Sociology from Universidad de Alicante, Spain, and his Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Virginia, working with Jack McArdle and John Nesselrdade. His research focuses on methods to analyze change and intra-individual variability, in particular latent growth analysis and linear and nonlinear dynamical systems. His current research in this area involves techniques to model dyadic interactions and the development of fluid reasoning. He is co-editor of the recent volume Statistical Methods for Modeling Human Dynamics and author of the upcoming Dynamics of Dyadic Interactions.



Annually the Department of Psychology hosts a Colloquia Series throughout the academic year. This exciting program brings us together outside of the classroom to have conversations with the speakers we’ve invited to our campus to share their ideas. You’ll have the chance to hear from international speakers on a wide range of provocative topics.