I am interested in how we think about ourselves and others and how we believe we are perceived by others. My work is influenced by social judgement researchers who emphasize the differences between self-perception and other-perception (i.e., the self-other asymmetry). My graduate students and I are working on a theoretical paper in which we analyze the nature of the self-other asymmetry and its implications for (in)accuracy in interpersonal judgement.
My empirical work focuses on implications of the self-other asymmetry. In particular, I have demonstrated that people anticipate being judged "guilty by association" by others when a peer behaves inappropriately. My students and I are investigating the behavioural implications of the guilty by association effect (i.e., physical distancing as a means of social distancing).
In other work, my students and I are exploring the role of micro expressions of emotion, and their detection, in interpersonal behaviour. In still other work, my students and I are investigating what it means to label another's behaviour as "irrational."
My methodology is primarily empirical, lab-based, and quantitative. Much of that work, though, also takes account of relevant individual differences (e.g., fear of negative evaluation, self-esteem) and I also conduct surveys in which I collect correlational data.
In contrast to much work in social cognition, my studies often involve dyads and behavioural coding. Ultimately, my theoretical and empirical work is aimed at an enriched understanding of the self-other asymmetry.