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Personality, Attachment, and Control Laboratory
Director: Vivian Zayas, Ph.D.
Latest Research Findings

What's a photograph worth?

Interested in a housemate? New employee? Even a partner or mate? How much can you base your decision on whether or not you would want to live, work, and have a relationship with the person based simply of your judgments of their photograph?

Most people strongly adhere to the idiom that one should “not judge a book by its cover,” but recent findings from the PAC lab published in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science shows that judgments based on simply viewing a portrait photograph are strong predictors of judgments following an actual in-depth 20 minute interaction with the same person that takes place one to six months later. Read more about the work here

What's New?

• Cornell Chronicle newspaper features Vivian Zayas and colleagues' research on the lasting impact of first impressions.
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• NHPR features interview with Vivian Zayas titled “The Science Behind Bad Impressions”.
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• Live Science website features Vivian Zayas's research suggesting that first impressions are hard to change.
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• Headlines and Global News feature Vivan Zayas's research showing that your first impressions about someone are usually true.
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• The APS Observer Xpress promotes Vivian Zayas and Gul Gunaydin's symposium "The Many Faces of Person Perception: From Static Images to Online Profiles to Live Interactions."
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• The New York Times published an article written by Vivian Zayas and Joshua A. Tabak titled, "The Science of 'Gaydar'".
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• The American Psychology Association publication Monitor on Psychology featured Vivian Zayas and Josh Tabak's research on 'gaydar'.
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• Cornell Chronicle newspaper features Vivian Zayas and Emre Selcuk's research on the effect of recalling a loved one on mood and negative thinking.
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• University of Washington website features Vivian Zayas and Josh Tabak's research on 'gaydar', or the ability to judge others' sexual orientation from brief facial information.
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• Ivanhoe Newswire features Vivian Zayas's research on maternal attachment and its influences on adult romantic relationships.
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• Blog post by Dr. Mendoza-Denton on Psychology Today discusses Vivian Zayas's research on the impact of psychological abuse in past romantic relationships on people's future relationship choices.
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About The Personality, Attachment, and Control Laboratory

The overarching goal of Personality, Attachment, and Control (PAC) Lab is to examine the processes - those that are affective and automatic as well as those that are cognitive and controlled - that shape people's experiences.

Given that many of these processes are occurring at an automatic and at times unconscious level, ongoing projects in the PAC Lab draw from research and theory from social and personality, cognitive, developmental and most recently cognitive neuroscience.

Some of the topics currently being explored are:
• Mental Representations of Self and Others More Information
• The Social Regulation of Emotions More Information
• Delay of Gratification More Information
• First Impressions More Information
• Perceptions and Reactions to Ambiguous Exclusion More Information