Andrew J. Bernstein ’68 Memorial Lecture: “The Credibility Revolution in Psychology”
Presented by Simine Vazire, Professor of Psychology, UC DavisANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The Bard Psychology Program presents the Andrew J. Bernstein ’68 Memorial Lecture presented by Simine Vazire, professor of psychology, UC Davis, titled “The Credibility Revolution in Psychology.” The lecture will be delivered on Thursday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in Bard Hall. The program is free and open to the public.
“A fundamental part of the scientific enterprise is for each field to engage in critical self-examination to detect errors in our theories and methods, and improve them,” says Vazire. “In this talk, I discuss how well psychology, as a science, has been living up to this ideal, and what principles should guide our efforts to improve our science.”
In addition to her academic appointment in the Department of Psychology, Simine Vazire is director of the Personality and Self-knowledge Lab at UC Davis. Professor Vazire received her BA from Carleton College in 2000 and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. Before joining the faculty at UC Davis in 2014, Professor Vazire was the Saul and Louise Rosenzweig Chair in Personality Science at Washington University in St. Louis, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2013–2014. She serves as associate editor of several publications, including Perspectives on Psychological Science, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and the Journal of Research in Personality.
Vazire’s research examines people’s self-knowledge of their own personality and behavior. She uses a combination of methods, including self-reports, informant reports, experience sampling, and naturalistic behavior observation using the Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR). Her goal is to measure how people differ from one another not just at the trait level but also in their patterns of fluctuations across different roles and situations. She examines how much insight people have about their own and close others’ traits and patterns. She is also interested in how personality and social relationships (e.g., friendship) influence well-being. Finally, she is interested in research methods, and factors that affect the validity and replicability of psychological research.
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