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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Current Research

 

Personality in Social Interaction

 

This research investigates the relations between different personality traits and the initial development of a relationship. Participation in this research involves two phases—the first phase taking place online and the second phase taking place in a laboratory on the Richardson campus at The University of Texas at Dallas. For the first phase, you will be asked to complete some personality measures online as well as provide some demographic information. The first phase is estimated to take you approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete. For the second phase of the research, you will be asked to come into the laboratory and you will be introduced to a same-sex peer with whom you are unacquainted. You will be given a set of questions that are designed to get you and your partner to better know one another. You will also be asked to debate this partner on a controversial issue that you both disagree on towards the end of the study. Note that we will be taking your photograph and videotaping you and your partner interacting throughout the study. In addition, we will be asking you to fill out questionnaires regarding your impression of your partner and the interaction at various points throughout the study. The second phase is estimated to take you approximately 2 hours to complete.

 

Students who participate in the first web-based portion of the research will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Touch after data collection for the project is complete. Students who participate in the second phase of the research (i.e., the in-lab portion) will be compensated $20.00 for their time.

 

Note that participation is limited to undergraduate students at The University of Texas at Dallas who are 18 years or older. If you are interested in participating, please go to the following website to begin the study:

 

Click here to take the survey.

 

Problem Solving in Romantic Relationships

 

This project aims to increase our understanding of how couples feel about and discuss issues that cause conflict and how this is related to different traits and perceptions of the relationship. Participants and their romantic partner will be asked to separately come up with a list of issues that have caused conflict or disagreements recently in their relationship. They will then answer questions that ask about themselves, their partner and their relationship. Couples will then be reunited and they will both be asked to discuss and try to resolve an area of conflict that both of them listed earlier. They will be videotaped during this conflict discussion. Finally, they will answer questions regarding their impressions of their partner and relationship after the discussion.

 

BBS students can receive 1 research credit or a $10 gift card from Cold Stone Creamery for their participation. Non-BBS students and partners of UT Dallas students will receive the $10 gift card.

 

Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate. Participants must also currently be in a heterosexual romantic relationship that has lasted at least 6 months. If you are interested in participating, please email email utdpairlab@gmail.com.

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