I am currently a 5th year Ph.D. Candidate in the Social/Personality Psychology program at the University of California, Riverside. My current research seeks to understand and describe individuals’ daily behavior personal goals.
People tend to evaluate their day as unit (“today was a good day”), but research on daily behavior tends to break the day down into hours, events or activities. I developed the Day Evaluation Q-sort to bridge this gap; thus far investigating how personality traits and time use relate to the evaluations of the day, if people who partake in similar activities evaluate the day similarly, if day evaluations differ more between or within person, and how the experience of affect throughout the day relates to day evaluations.
My research on personal goals identifies if people set goals to change aspects of their personalities, the content of these goals, and how the content of goals to change personality relate to current personality traits. Additionally, I am interested in how people subset their goals, looking at if and how individuals’ goals for a day work toward their long-term goals.