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Aaron C. Weidman

Ph.D. Student

Aaron studies issues related to understanding the structure of emotion, and measuring emotional states, and how measurement-related decisions can shape theory. He has previously reviewed the ways in which psychologists assess the subjective experience of a wide range of distinct emotions, and pointed to several problematic trends in these practices (Weidman, Steckler, & Tracy, in press). Additionally, he is currently examining how measuring emotions, such as happiness, in different ways can shape research conclusions (Weidman & Dunn, 2016). Finally, Aaron is working to explore the psychological structure of a range of emotions, including humility (Weidman, Cheng, & Tracy, in press; Weidman & Tracy, in press), as well as a range of positive emotions (Weidman & Tracy, 2016), and to construct measures of these states.

Aaron also studies how emotion functions to affect achievement outcomes. He has conducted longitudinal research on the motivational and informational influence of emotions on achievement across academic and athletic contexts (Weidman, Tracy, & Elliot, in press). He has also examined the longitudinal link between emotional symptoms associated with internalizing disorders (i.e., depression and anxiety), and academic achievement (Weidman, Augustine, Murayama, & Elliot, 2015).

Finally, Aaron studies the relation between personality and online social networking. He has investigated the question of how online socialization affects well-being, and how this relation may differ for people high in social anxiety (Weidman, Fernandez, Levinson, Augustine, Larsen, & Rodebaugh, 2012). He has also conducted research examining personality impressions and relationship formation in the context of online dating and Facebook (Weidman, Cheng, Chisholm, & Tracy, 2015; Weidman & Levinson, 2015).

Aaron is supported by a Killam Doctoral Scholarship and a Four-Year Doctoral Fellowship from the University of British Columbia. He also works as a statistics consultant for the UBC Psychology Department.

Aaron completed his B.A. in psychology at Washington University in St. Louis while working under the supervision of Dr. Randy Larsen and in Dr. Simine Vazire’s Personality and Self-Knowledge Lab. Aaron is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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