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Sanjay Srivastava

Sanjay Srivastava

I am an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon. I received my B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University and my Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.


People are affected by their social environments, but not passively: individuals play an active role in selecting, changing, interpreting, and responding to their environments. Person-environment interactions are a recurring theme in my research: I am interested in understanding how phenomena that may seem to be bounded within a person (like emotions or personality traits) dynamically interact with real-world social contexts. In particular, I have focused on interpersonal and self-perception processes, emotions in social contexts, and personality dynamics and development. Here are links to a fuller description of the research we do in my lab and to selected publications.

Social media

I have a blog called The Hardest Science.

You can also find me on Google Plus, Twitter and LinkedIn.


I teach courses on a number of topics, including introductory psychology, motivation and emotion, social and personality psychology, and advanced statistics. The Psychology Department maintains a list of recent course syllabi that includes a few of mine.


A behavioral record of my favorite music (with a few of my son's favorites mixed in)...