Oliver P. John



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Oliver P. John is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and research psychologist in the Institute of Personality and Social Research, where he currently serves as acting director. He received his B.A. in Economics and Psychology from University of Bielefeld, Germany and his Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of Oregon. He is Director of the Berkeley Personality Lab and supervises students at undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels.


His research focuses on understanding how person factors (personality) interact with situational and environmental factors to shape people's lives and important social outcomes. His work is summarized in terms of three broad but interrelated research topics:


(1) The Big Five Model of Personality Traits

(2) Individual Differences in Emotion and Emotion Regulation

(3) Self and Self-Perception Processes.


His teaching includes Psychology of Personality as well as advanced seminars on adult development, personality traits, types, and structure, and research method and design.