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Laura M Sinnett

Associate Professor
Department Chair of Psychology



Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3167


(641) 269-4984


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On-Campus Address: 

1609 Science
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

Ph.D. Purdue University
M.S. Purdue University
B.A., Webster University

Courses Taught: 

Psy 214: Social Psychology with Lab
Psy 225: Research Methods
Psy 315: Advanced Social Psychology
Psy 317: Personality Psychology

Primary Academic Interest: 

Social Personality

Academic Interests: 

The general goal of my research program is to document the dynamic functioning of personality across different social situations.  Specifically, I am interested in (a) the extent to which personality traits wax and wane across time—both short- and long-term, (b) predicting these changes in personality on the basis of situational features, and (c) exploring mechanisms that can account for consistency and change in trait levels. I have also begun to examine the extent to which personality traits related to the general construct of self-control are predictive of academic performance. 

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