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Welcome to the online home of the Association for Research in Personality. ARP is a scientific organization devoted to bringing together scholars whose research contributes to the understanding of personality structure, processes, and development. ARP aims to further the scientific study of personality through our biennial conference, our newsletter, the official journal of the association (Journal of Research in Personality), and a major journal co-sponsored with several other scientific associations (Social Psychological and Personality Science). We invite you to browse our website and learn more about the Association and the field of personality psychology. If you are interested in joining ARP, please visit our membership page.

News and Updates

2014 Tanaka Award Winner: John F. Rauthmann

June 9, 2015 — It is our pleasure to announce that John F. Rauthmann is the winner of the 2014 J.S. Tanaka Dissertation Award. The Dissertation, titled The Psychological Characteristics of Situations, was completed at Humboldt University of Berlin under the supervision of Jens Asendorpf and Jochen Gebauer. Dr. Rauthmann is currently postdoctoral researcher at Humboldt University of Berlin. He is to be congratulated on this outstanding achievement. More information about the Tanaka Award is available here.

2015 ARP Conference program now available

June 8, 2015 — The complete program for the 2015 ARP Conference in St. Louis, MO from June 11-13 is now available here! For more information about the conference, see our conference page. We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!

Sign up for the arp conference mentor lunch

May 19, 2015 — The ARP Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral committee is excited to host a mentoring lunch during the upcoming ARP conference in St. Louis. The mentoring lunch provides students and post-docs the opportunity to meet in small groups with some of the top scholars in the field to discuss how to be successful personality scientists, on topics such as: how to publish and review research in ARP’s flagship journal, Journal of Research in Personality; how to maneuver graduate, post-doc, and faculty positions; best practices in research and writing; and more. Richard Lucas, Brent Donnellan, Jennifer Tackett, Simine Vazire, and Mitja Back will serve as mentors. The lunch will be held on Saturday, June 13th, at the conference hotel, and lunch will be provided. For more information, and to sign up, click here.

Call for submissions to two special issues of JRP

May 18, 2015 — The Journal of Research in Personality is now accepting submissions for two forthcoming special issues. The topic of the first issue is replication. The issue’s goal is to explicitly promote rigorous replication efforts of important findings in personality research. This special issue is intended to represent a concerted effort at large-scale replication of critical findings in personality psychology. The issue will be edited by Rich Lucas and Brent Donnellan, and the deadline for 2,000-word proposals is July 1, 2015. The complete call for submissions is available here.

The topic of the second special issue is within-person variability in personality. New developments in theory (e.g., Fleeson’s Whole Trait Theory), methods (e.g., Mehl’s Electronically Activated Recorder), and data analysis (e.g., Wang & Grimm, 2012) have opened up new possibilities for studying short-term fluctuations in personality states. The issue’s goal is to collect a number of high quality articles that highlight the best new research on this topic. The issue will be edited by Simine Vazire and Ryne Sherman, and the deadline for manuscript submissions is September 15, 2015. Please contact the special issue editors for additional details.

Call for proposals for a 2016 spsp pre-conference

April 17, 2015 — We are now accepting proposals for an ARP-sponsored pre-conference that will precede the 2016 SPSP convention. ARP sponsorship of an SPSP pre-conference will provide the organizers with (1) publicity on the ARP listserv and website, (2) funds to defray the costs for graduate student registrants ($10 per student), and (3) assistance with the registration process, if desired. Sponsorship also guarantees a spot in the SPSP pre-conference program. For more information, contact the ARP Executive Officer, Rebecca Shiner. The deadline for pre-conference proposals is May 26, 2015.

Registration for The 2015 ARP conference is now open

March 16, 2015 — We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2015 ARP Conference in St. Louis, MO from June 11-13 is now open! Online registration  for the conference ends June 1. Attendees may also register on-site for a higher fee. Click here to register online.

The conference includes two and a half days of scientific meetings. The meeting begins with a Presidential symposium at 4 p.m. on Thursday June 11, followed by an opening reception. The meeting culminates with an optional gala dinner in the Zodiac Room of the Chase Park Plaza Hotel Saturday evening (separate fee). Conference registration includes breakfast and coffee breaks both days, light appetizers at the Thursday reception, drinks at Friday’s poster session, and lunch one of the days. The meeting will be held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. For more information about the conference location, see our conference page and this announcement in a recent issue of the ARP newsletter.

simine Vazire will be the next editor in chief of SPPS

February 16, 2015 — We are excited to announce that Simine Vazire will be the next Editor in Chief of Social Psychological and Personality Science (SPSS), the journal co-owned by ARP, SPSP, SESP, and EASP. Her term as Editor will begin this July. More information about SPPS is available on our journals page. Congratulations to Simine!

New issue of the ARP newsletter

December 12, 2014 — The ninth issue of P, ARP’s online newsletter for personality science, is now available! Check out the new issue here, or visit our newsletter page for a list of all issues.

2014 Murray Award Winner: Dean Keith Simonton

June 10, 2014 — Dean Keith Simonton, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at The University of California Davis, has been awarded the 2014 Henry A. Murray Award for distinguished contributions to the study of individual lives and whole persons. Professor Simonton will be honored at the biennial convention of the Association for Research in Personality in June 2015 where he will give an invited address. The complete announcement is available here.