May, 20, 2016
POCATELLO – Idaho State University psychology Professor Tera Letzring recently received a $406,358 grant from the National Science Foundation to study whether making accurate judgments of emotions helps people make accurate judgments of trait.
“I think this study is pertinent to everyone. We all make judgments about people all the time,” Letzring said. “We do it automatically and don’t think about it. Sometimes we are accurate and sometimes were not. If we can figure out what makes people more accurate in making judgments, and then get the information out to people it would be very helpful.”
The project will test two hypotheses about the relationship and casual direction of people’s accuracy in judging emotions and judging traits. The predictions for the three-year grant are that people who are able to make accurate judgments of emotions are also able to make more accurate judgments of traits, and making accurate judgments of emotions actually helps people to make more accurate judgments of traits.