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Faculty Webpage: Dr. Jana Spain

 

Professor of Psychology
Director, High Point Washington Program
(336) 841-4541
jspain@highpoint.edu

 

Education:

Ph.D.   1994    University of California, Riverside

Social/Personality Psychology

(with Quantitative & Developmental breadth areas)

Dissertation:  Personality and daily life experiences:  Evaluating the accuracy of

personality judgments.

Chair: Dr. David C. Funder

 M.A.    1991     University of California, Riverside

Social/Personality Psychology

B.A.     1988    San Diego State University

Psychology (with Distinction in the Major)

A.A.     1984    Palomar College

Liberal Studies

 

Research Interests:

Personality Judgments:  Involves studying the content of social judgments, determining the accuracy of personality judgments, and identifying moderators of judgmental accuracy.

 

Personality and Daily Life Experience:  Using experience sampling methods, focuses on identifying the coherent links between personality and everyday behavior and emotion.  Emphasis is placed on determining the role of personality in the selection and enjoyment of everyday activities.

 

Personality and Interpersonal Relationships:  Identifying the personality traits that underlie the ability to develop and maintain interpersonal relationships and commitments.

 

Awards/Recognitions:

1995    Outstanding Faculty Member, High Point University, Evening Degree Program

(Student nominated)

1992    Western Psychological Association Scholarship Recipient

1991     University of California, Riverside Graduate Student Association Research Grant

 

Publications and Papers:

Wilt, J., Noftle, E. E., Fleeson, W., & Spain, J. S. (2012). The dynamic role of personality states in mediating the relationship between extraversion and positive affect. Journal of Personality, 80(5), 1205-1236..

 

Spain, J. S. (2010). Review of Strangers in a strange lab: How personality shapes our initial encounters with others. The Journal of Social Psychology, 150(4), 419-422.

 

Spain, J. S. (2008).  Comparing retrospective vs. real-time measures of everyday experience. In R. Howell (Chair), Capturing personality in vivo: A multi-method examination of naturalistic person-environment interactions. Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

 

Spain, J. S. (2007).  Interpersonal perception and the eye of the beholder:  Understanding the role of personality, gender, and relationship variables in perceiver judgments.  Symposium chaired at the Annual Conference of the Society for Southeastern Social Psychologists, Durham, NC.

 

Spain, J. S. (2007). The role of the perceiver-target relationship in accurate person perception: Evidence from an experience sampling study.  In J. Spain (Chair), Interpersonal perception and the eye of the beholder:  Understanding the role of personality, gender, and relationship variables in perceiver judgments.  Symposium conducted at the Annual Conference of the Society for Southeastern Social Psychologists, Durham, NC.

 

Funder, D. C., Spain, J. S., & Furr, R. M. (2004).  Instructor’s manual and test-item file to accompany D. C. Funder’s The Personality Puzzle (3nd Ed.).  New York:  W. W. Norton and Company.

 

Spain, J. S. (2004).  Kitty Genovese, September 11th, and the Metrolink accident: The informational value of unique cases. Discussant in L. Eaton (Chair), Four decades of helping behavior:  A case study analysis of a recent mass casualty incident.  Faculty mentor symposium conducted at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

 

Spain, J. S. (2003).  Using daily life experiences to evaluate the accuracy of personality judgments.  In W. Fleeson (Chair), Using within-person data to obtain new perspectives on classic problems.  Symposium conducted at the Annual Conference of the Society for Southeastern Social Psychologists, Greensboro, NC.

 

Funder, D. C., Spain, J. S., & Furr, R. M. (2001).  Instructor’s manual and test-item file to accompany D. C. Funder’s The Personality Puzzle (2nd Ed.).  New York:  W. W. Norton and Company.

 

Spain, J. S., Eaton, L., & Funder, D. C. (2000).  Perspectives on personality:  The relative accuracy of self versus others for the prediction of emotion and behavior.  Journal of Personality, 68(5), 837-867.

 

Adams, J. M. & Spain, J. S. (1999).  The dynamics of interpersonal commitment and the issue of salience.  In W. H. Jones & J. M. Adams (Eds.), Handbook of interpersonal commitment and relationship stability.  New York:  Plenum.

 

Spain, J. S. (1997).  Test-item file to accompany D. C. Funder’s The Personality Puzzle.  New York:  W. W. Norton and Company

 

Spain, J. S. (1997).  Perspectives on personality:  The relative accuracy of self versus others.  In D. C. Funder (Chair), The perception and creation of the social environment.  Symposium conducted at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

 

Conference Posters:

Spain, J. S. (2013). The narcissist you love: Correlates of romantic partners’ judgments of willful and hypersensitive narcissism. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

 

Spain, J. S. (2012). The narcissist you know: Judgments of adaptive and maladaptive narcissism, interjudge agreement, and relation to daily life experiences. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

 

Spain, J. S. (2011). “White-lies” in everyday life: A diary study of personality and daily deception. Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

 

Spain, J. S. (2008).  Retrospective vs. real-time measures of experience:  Comparing two methods of assessing everyday activities and moods.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, NM.

 

Spain, J. S. (2007). The constraints of age:  Exploring age-specific manifestations of personality in daily life.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Memphis, TN.

 

Fleeson, W., Wilt. J., & Spain, J. S. (2007).  People feel authentic when they act extraverted, agreeable, and conscientious regardless of whether they are 20, 30, 40, or 50 years old.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Memphis, TN.

 

Spain, J. S. (2006).  The manifestation of personality in the occurrence and evaluation of daily life events: A diary study.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Palm Springs, CA.

 

Spain, J. S. (2005).  Front row seats and backstage passes:  The role of social control in limiting the accuracy of personality judgments.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

 

Spain, J. S. (2004).  The accuracy-social skills link:  Moving beyond the ability of the judge.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

 

Spain, J. S. & Funder, D. C. (2003).  Accuracy and social interaction:  Identifying interpersonal correlates of accurate personality judgments.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Los Angeles, CA.

 

Spain, J. S. & Funder, D. C. (2002).  Interaction quality and the accuracy of personality judgments among unacquainted opposite sex dyads.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Savannah, GA.

 

Spain, J. S. & Funder, D. C. (1996).  Personality and individual differences in the evaluation of daily life experiences.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, San Francisco, CA.

 

Spain, J. S. & Funder, D. C. (1995).  The acquaintanceship effect and the differential predictability of daily life behavior.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, New York, NY.

 

Spain, J. S. & Funder, D. C. (1995).  Daily life behavioral correlates of the Big Five.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Savannah, GA.

 

Spain, J. S. & Funder, D. C. (1994).  Personality and daily life events.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Kona, HI.

 

Spain, J. S. & Funder, D. C. (1993).  The relationship between personality and behavior:  An experience sampling approach.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Phoenix, AZ.

 

Spain, J. S. & Funder, D. C. (1992).  Predicting daily life experiences:  Differences between acquaintances’ and strangers’ personality judgments.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, San Diego, CA.

 

 Spain, J. S. (1992).  Media exposure during the Persian Gulf Crisis:  Relations to nationalism/patriotism and attitudes toward international aggression.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.

 

Veizades, J., Spain, J. S., & Salinas, C. E. (1991).  The definition of political cognitive functioning:  Resolving some theoretical and methodological ambiguities.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

 

Conference Posters with Student Co-Authors:

*Indicates HPU undergraduate student co-author

*Cunningham, A. & Spain, J. S. (2010). Facebook, Twitter, and personality: Individual differences and the use of social networking sites. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, TX.

 

*Sweet, J. & Spain, J. S. (2009). Examining factors related to perceptions of interactions in close relationships. Accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

 

*Albertson, R. & Spain, J. S. (2007).  Who is the best judge of personality:  The friend or the spouse?  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Southeastern Social Psychologists, Durham, NC.

 

*Daugherty, J. R. & Spain, J. S. (2005). Seeing beneath the mask:  Judging candidates’ personalities from campaign videos. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Nashville, TN.

 

*Daugherty, J. R. & Spain, J. S. (2005). The “uninformed” voter:  Evaluating the utility of limited information. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Nashville, TN.

 

*Law, M. K. & Spain, J. S. (2005). Practice makes perfect: Group involvement, social competency, and relationships. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Nashville, TN.

 

*Law, M. K. & Spain, J. S. (2005).  A personality “calling card” based on group involvement.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Nashville, TN.

 

*Benson, G., *Spry, W. L., & Spain, J. S. (2004).  Does mother always know best?  Comparing the accuracy of personality judgments made by mothers and significant others.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

 

*Justice, S., *Cecil, J. L, & Spain, J. S. (2004).  “When you were little, you were…”:  Examining the correspondence between adult characteristics and parental ratings of childhood temperament.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

 

Spain, J. S. & *Smith, K. J. (2004).  Accuracy in close relationships. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

 

Spain, J. S., Funder, D. C., *Martin, J. D., *Slater, C. E., & *Upchurch, E. A. (2002).  Perspectives on interaction quality: The blind men and the elephant revisited.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

 

*Martin, J. D., Spain, J. S., *Upchurch, E. A., *Slater, C. E., & Funder, D. C. (2002).  Who enjoys social interactions?  The relationship between personality and interaction quality.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

 

Spain, J. S., Adams, J. M., *Carter, S. E., & *Ebner, T. (1998).  An exploration of the personality correlates of exchange and communal orientation in romantic relationships. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.

 

Adams, J. M. & Spain, J. S. & *Hunt, K. (1998).  The measurement of exchange and communal attitudes in marriage:  Scale development and initial validation.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.

 

*Scott, C., Spain, J. S. Adams, J. M., & *Zimmerman, B. A. (1998).  The personality correlates of dimensions of commitment.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.

 

*Causey, M., *Weeks, S. & Spain, J. S. (1998).  Adult attachment styles:  The role of stability and level of self-esteem.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.

 

*Weeks, S. & Spain, J. S.  (1998).  Examining the relationship between organizational and career commitment in teachers:  The role of perceived stress and negative affect.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.

 

*Scott, C. & Spain, J. S. (1997).  Personality correlates of intrinsic and extrinsic religious commitment.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

 

*Hux, C. P. & Spain, J. S. (1996).  Maternal discipline styles and negative sexual attitudes of males:  Is there an association?  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, San Francisco, CA.

 

*Hux, C. & Spain, J. S. (1996).  Examining the relationship between parental discipline styles and sexually coercive behavior in college males.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Norfolk, VA.

 

*Young, J. & Spain, J. S. (1996).  Individual differences and the tendency to make dispositional attributions.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Norfolk, VA.

 

Review Work:

            Professional Journals

             Journal of Research in Personality

            Journal of Personality

            Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

            Journal of Social Psychology

            Individual Differences Research

Book Reviewer, Oxford University Press

Textbook Reviewer, Houghton-Mifflin Company

Textbook Reviewer, W. W. Norton

Textbook Reviewer, West Publishing

 

Courses Taught:
Introductory Psychology
Personality Psychology
Social Psychology
Close Relationships
Person Perception
Cross-Cultural Psychology (Study Abroad Course)
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology
Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
Senior Seminar: Current Issues in Psychology
Psychology of Women

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