Sam Gosling, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been widely covered in the media, including The New York Times, Psychology Today, NPR, and "Good Morning America," and his research is featured in Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink." Gosling is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution. His first book, Snoop, was a New Scientist Editor's Pick for top books of 2008. His most recent research has focused on how animal psychology can inform theories of human personality and social psychology.
Question: Are You a Closet Conservative?
Sam Gosling: It’s really just the opposite end of the pole, so that the people who tend to be high on political conservatism, they’re more likely than liberals to have a space that is less distinctive- it would have a narrower range of books, it would be tidier, it would be organized, it would be- I’m trying to think of how to describe this- it would be- trying to think of how to describe it in a non-negative way it’d just be more boring, really.
Recorded on: June 13, 2008.