Welcome to PSPC: Personality and Social Psychology Connections
Like meteorologists predicting the weather, economists charting changes in wages and prices over decades, and physicists identifying the fundamental elements of matter, social and personality psychologists study complex, ever-changing phenomena: people interacting with people. The world is awash with some 7 billion people who are similar to each other in many ways, yet in other ways unique. Personality psychologists are intrigued by these similarities and uniqueness, and social psychologists pursue the analysis of interpersonal processes across people and settings.
PSPC is an online information resource that examines theory and research in personality and social psychology, the psychological causes and consequences of contemporary events, and methodological and professional issues in the field. The site, when fully developed, will include (as noted below), commentaries and analyses, applications, and timely summaries of recently published books and papers in the field.
Commentary and Analysis. The best way to learn about the field is by reading the commentary and analysis of social and personality psychologists, examining questions ranging from interpersonal attraction and aggression down to adjustment and individual differences in basic personality tendencies. We have asked experts in the field to provide commentary and analysis in these pages.
SPSP Responds. As Kurt Lewin suggested, “nothing is as practical as good theory,” and his observation is particularly true when that theory is drawn from personality and social psychology. SPSP seeks to respond to current national and world events by providing insights drawn from the field’s unique disciplinary perspective.
Current Contents. The work of personality and social psychologists is published in such scientific journals as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Personality. SPSP.org offers here a review of the contents of publications from the field.