New Directions in Person Perception Research
MGMT 9710: Advanced Seminar in Organizational Behavior and Theory
PSYC G9350: Seminar in Social and Personality Psychology
Professor Daniel Ames, Spring 2006
Thursdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 305 Uris
This goal of this course is to stimulate students to engage in new
theorizing and empirical work in person perception and impression
formation. While the past century of scholarship has revealed important
aspects of person perception, much remains to be discovered. We'll begin by
developing a foundational understanding of past and contemporary social
psychological work on person perception. We'll also consider fundamental
questions such as "what do impressions do" and "how/when is it meaningful
to speak of impression accuracy."
After these initial sessions, we'll branch into a series of
topics that hold substantial opportunities for new thinking. For instance,
we'll consider conversational processes and the role of listening and
speaking behavior in initial impressions. We will discuss the dynamics
of impression change over time. We'll also explore social and organizational
contexts, including social networks and interview settings. Several sessions
will feature emergent topics chosen by participants, with potential subjects
such as impressions during conflict and impressions of non-human objects
(including robots/agents, animals, and organizations).
Grading revolves around class participation, several short
assignments, a collective research project, and a paper. Throughout the
course, students will be encouraged to think about gaps in the research
literature and unanswered questions, and to formulate their own predictions
and plans of research.
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a preliminary syllabus.
last modified on
February 1, 2006