We have developed the Riverside Situational Q-sort (RSQ) and have used this instrument to assess situations experienced by college students in daily life, and the correlates among elements of situations, personality, and behavior. Articles introducing and using this instrument have been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Sherman, Nave & Funder, 2010) and the Journal of Research in Personality (Sherman, Nave & Funder, 2012, 2013). Further work in progress addresses "construal," the ways different people may perceive the same situation. For the grant proposal to NSF that describes the purpose and procedures of our study on "situational construal," click here.
Another facet of this research explores the implications of situations categorized on the basis of their relevance to evolutionary theory.
The material described in these web pages is based, part, upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. BCS-06422243, BCS-1052638, and BCS-1528131. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the individual researchers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.