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David A. Kenny

David A. Kenny

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I am mainly interested in the study of naturalistic social behavior and models of such behavior. I have focused most of my research attention on dyadic models of person perception. Using the Social Relations Model, I have studied agreement in person perception, accuracy of perception, the relationship between self and other perception, the surprising validity of minimal information (the zero acquaintance effect), and the accuracy of meta-perception (how we think others view us). Besides models of dyadic processes, I have studied triadic and group processes.

I am currently working on a detailed model individual differences in judgmental accuracy. This model attempts the reasons why measures of judgmental accuracy have poor internal consistency. I am also working on a model that attempts to explain the interplay between individual change and group change.

I have completed a book with Deborah Kashy and William Cook on dyadic analysis. I continue to work in the areas of structural equation modeling (especially mediation and moderation) and quasi-experimental evaluation.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Communication, Language
  • Group Processes
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Person Perception
  • Research Methods, Assessment

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Journal Articles:

  • Antonio, A. L., Chang, M. J., Hakuta, K., Kenny, D. A., & Levin, S. (2004). Effects of racial diversity on complex thinking in college students. Psychological Science, 15, 507-510.
  • Baron, R. M., & Kenny, D. A. (1986). The moderator-mediator variable distinction in social psychological research: Conceptual, strategic, and statistical considerations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51, 1173-1182.
  • Cook, W. L., & Kenny, D. A. (2005). The Actor-Partner Interdependence Model: A model of bi directional effects in developmental studies. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 29, 101-109.
  • Jung, T., & Kenny, D. A. (2005). Judgments of moderator variables of agreement in person perception: A comparison of two cultures. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 8, 155-171.
  • Kenny, D. A. (2004). PERSON: A general model of interpersonal perception. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 8, 265-280.
  • Kenny, D. A., & Acitelli, L. K. (2001). Accuracy and bias in the perception of the partner in a close relationship. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 439-448.
  • Kenny, D. A., West, T. V., Cillessen, A. H. N., Coie, J. D., Dodge, K. A., Hubbard, J. A., & Schwartz, D. (2007). Accuracy in judgments of aggressiveness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1225-1236.
  • Kenny, D. A., West, T. V., Malloy, T., & Albright, L. (2006). Componential analysis of interpersonal perception data. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10, 282-294.
  • Korchmaros, J. D., & Kenny, D. A. (2006). An evolutionary and close-relationship model of helping. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 23, 21-43.
  • Mohr, C. D., & Kenny, D. A. (2006). The how and why of disagreement among perceivers: An exploration of person models. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 337-349.
  • Olsen, J. A., & Kenny, D. A. (2006). Structural equation modeling with interchangeable dyads. Psychological Methods, 11, 127-141.

Other Publications:

  • Kenny, D. A., Kashy, D. A., & Bolger, N. (1998). Data analysis in social psychology. In D. Gilbert, S. Fiske, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology (4th ed., Vol. 1, pp. 233-265). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.
  • Kenny, D. A., & Kenny, D. T. (2006). The personalities of The Simpsons. In A. Brown (Ed.), D’oh! The psychology of the Simpsons (pp. 187-200). Dallas: BenBella Books.

Courses Taught:

David A. Kenny
Department of Psychology
University of Connecticut, Box U-1020
406 Babbidge Road
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1020
United States of America

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