School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

The Personality and Interpersonal Relationships Laboratory


Emotion in Social Interaction

This research investigates the relations between different emotions or perceptions 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 UT 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 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 discuss a controversial issue with this partner 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 and 15 minutes 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 receive 2 SONA credits or be compensated $20 for their time.

Note that participation is limited to Latino/a or White undergraduate students at The University of Texas at Dallas who are between 18 and 25 years old. If you are interested in participating, please email us at [email protected].