Personality and Life Events

Using a variety of datasets and methodological approaches, the lab has investigated selection and socialization effects between personality and life events.Relevant life events include military training, parenthood, choice of college majors, vocational interests, incarceration, and retirement.

To address this, the lab uses data collected from the Personality and Interpersonal Roles Study (PAIRS), which is a two-year longitudinal study measuring personality and relationship development in a sample of over 400 college students. PAIRS uses a variety methods to measure personality, including self-report questionnaires, the EAR, experience sampling, and life narrative interviews, in the hope to best track how life experiences can impact one’s personality. One of the main focuses is looking at how close others (romantic partners, friends, parents, siblings, and even ex-romantic partners) have insight into one’s life.