Sam Gosling
Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

What Your Cubicle Says About Your Politics

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What someone might learn from your paperweight.

Sam Gosling

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.


Sam Gosling: I mean, for all of these things, there are no dead giveaways. And I think that’s a really important thing that we learned.   It is so tempting to say, okay, there was this clue- what does this mean? Right?

And it really doesn’t work like that, because personality involves consistency- consistency across time and situation- so you have to look for these trends because there’s many different reasons why you might have something in your space which may not be to do with really reflecting your personality. And so, as one of the things that we have learned to really look out for is the looking for trends across objects or items of- or the arrangement.

Recorded on: June 13, 2008.