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Tera Letzring

Tera Letzring

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My main research interest is the accuracy of personality judgment. I am especially interested in what the benefits and drawbacks are of being able to judge others accurately, and in the characteristics and behaviors of good judges. I have also started to examine the connection between accuracy of judging emotional states and the accuracy of judging personality traits. Based on the new State and Trait Accuracy Model (STAM), we have proposed that accurate judgments of emotion will lead to accurate judgments of traits.

Primary Interests:

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Alessandri, G., Vecchione, M., Caprara, G., & Letzring, T. D. (2012). The Ego-Resiliency Scale revised: A cross-cultural study in Italy, Spain, and the United States. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 28, 139-146. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000102
  • Hall, J. A., Gunnery, S. D., Letzring, T. D., Carney, D. R., & Colvin, C. R. (in press). Accuracy of judging affect and accuracy of judging personality: How and when are they related? Journal of Personality.
  • Letzring, T. D. (2015). Observer judgmental accuracy of personality: Benefits related to being a good (normative) judge of personality. Journal of Research in Personality, 54, 51-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2014.05.001 (data and R script are available on the journal website)
  • Letzring, T. D. (2010). The effects of judge and target gender and ethnicity similarity on the accuracy of personality judgments. Social Psychology, 41, 42-51.
  • Letzring, T. D. (2008). The good judge of personality: Characteristics, behaviors, and observer accuracy. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 914-932.
  • Letzring, T. D., & Adamcik, L. (2015). Personality traits and affective states: Relationships with and without affect induction. Personality and Individual Differences, 75, 114-120. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.11.011
  • Letzring, T. D., Block, J., & Funder, D. C. (2005). Ego-control and ego-resiliency: Generalization of self-report scales based on personality descriptions from self, acquaintances, and clinicians. Journal of Research in Personality, 39, 395-422.
  • Letzring, T. D., Edmonds, G. W., & Hampson. S. E. (2014). Personality change in the adult years is associated with changes in self-rated health: Evidence from the Hawaii Personality and Health Cohort. Personality and Individual Differences, 58, 60-64. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2013.10.002
  • Letzring, T. D., & Human, L. J. (2014). An examination of information quality as a moderator of accurate personality judgment. Journal of Personality, 82, 440-451. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12075
  • Letzring, T. D., & Noftle, E. (2010). Predicting relationship quality from self-verification of broad personality traits among romantic couples. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 353-362.
  • Letzring, T. D., #Rone, C. R., & #Colman, D. E. (in press). Investigating the effects of fear of negative evaluation, state anxiety, and dominance labels on person perception. The Journal of Social Psychology. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2016.1140117 (badges for Open Data and Open Materials)
  • Letzring, T. D., Wells, S. M., & Funder, D. C. (2006). Quantity and quality of available information affect the realistic accuracy of personality judgment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 111-123.

Other Publications:

  • Letzring, T. D. (2008). Self-report methods. In The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2nd ed.). Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Seminar
  • Statistics

Tera Letzring
Department of Psychology
Idaho State University, Stop 8112
921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho 83209
United States

  • Phone: (208) 282-2278
  • Fax: (208) 282-4832

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