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Gwen SeidmanGwendolyn Seidman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair
610-929-6742 | gseidman@albright.edu
Twitter: @GSeidmanPhD
Blog: “Close Encounters,” Psychology Today

Education:

  • B.A.  Psychology, Statistics, The College of New Jersey
  • M.A. Psychology, New York University
  • Ph.D. Social Psychology, minor Quantitative Psychology, New York University

Office location: Teel Hall, room 208

Areas of specialization:

  • Social psychology
  • Close relationships
  • Psychology of the Internet

Courses Taught:

  • Psy100: General Psychology
  • Psy206: Social Psychology
  • Psy200: Research Design and Analysis I
  • Psy201: Research Design and Analysis II
  • Psy306: Special Topics in Psychology
  • Psy321: Close Relationships
  • Psy406: Senior Seminar in Psychology: The Self; Current Topics in Social Psychology

Research Interests:

Social psychology is the scientific study of how the presence of other people affects how we think, feel and behave. This means that social psychologists study a broad range of phenomena, including our perceptions of other people, how we feel about ourselves, prejudice and stereotyping, conformity, group dynamics, attraction, close relationships and helping. What distinguishes social psychology from common sense approaches to these topics is that social psychologists seek to answer questions using the scientific method. We have a strong focus on research, conducting studies that help us to fully understand the relationships between different psychological variables. Social psychologists study a broad array of topics, but my own research focuses on interpersonal relationships.

Social Cognition in Close Relationships
One of my research programs focuses on how romantic partners perceive one another. Is it more advantageous to idealize your romantic partner or to see them accurately? My research examines how these discrepancies between how partners perceive one another affect relationship outcomes, such as satisfaction and emotional responses to conflicts. 

Social Support and Stress
I am also interested in social support provision and stress, especially in the context of close relationships.  What factors make someone more likely to provide support to a close other who is in need? Specifically, I study how the moods and daily events experienced by couples affect their likelihood of providing support to one another.

Psychology of the Internet
In the past 10 to 20 years, people have been using the Internet to meet new people and to maintain their existing relationships.  Online communication differs from face-to-face communication in a number of ways, and this can affect the impressions people form, the ways in which they express themselves, and the way they relate to others. My research explores how some people are more willing to express hidden facets of the self online and how this self-expression relates to people’s feelings about their online interactions, the type of social networking activities they engage in, and their emotional expression in online venues. I am also interested in how different personality traits like the Big 5 and social anxiety relate to people’s online behavior.

To learn more about social psychology, visit the official website of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

To learn more about research on close relationships, visit the official website for the International Association for Relationships Research and the Science of Relationships blog.

Dr. Seidman's Blog: “Close Encounters,” Psychology Today

Publications

  • Seidman, G. (2015). Narcissism, intrinsic and extrinsic romantic ideals, and relationship satisfaction. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Published online before print. doi: 10.1177/0265407515615693

  • Seidman, G., & Burke, C. T. (2015). Partner enhancement versus verification and emotional responses to daily conflict. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 32, 304-329. doi: 10.1177/0265407514533227 - Click here to hear Dr. Seidman discuss this research in a podcast

  • Seidman, G. (2014). Expressing the ‘true self’ on Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 31, 367-372.

  • Seidman, G. (2013). Self presentation and belonging on Facebook: How personality influences social media use and motivations. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 402-407.

  • Seidman, G., & Miller, O. S. [undergraduate co-author]. (2013). Effects of gender and physical attractiveness on visual attention to Facebook profiles. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16, 20-24.

  • Seidman, G.  (2012). Positive and negative: Partner derogation and enhancement differentially related to relationship satisfaction. Personal Relationships, 19, 51-71.

  • Liberman, B. E., Seidman, G., McKenna, K. Y. A., & Buffardi, L. E. (2011). Employee job attitudes and organizational characteristics as predictors of cyberloafing. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 2192-2199.

  • Iida, M., Seidman, G., Shrout, P.E., Fujita, K., & Bolger, N. (2008). Modeling support provision in intimate relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 460-478.

  • Seidman, G., Shrout, P. E., & Bolger, N. (2006). Why is enacted support associated with increased distress? Using simulation to test two possible sources of spuriousness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 52-65.

  • McKenna, K. Y. A., & Seidman, G. (2005).  You, me and we: Self, identity and interpersonal processes in electronic groups.  In Y. A. Hamburger (Ed.), The social net: The social psychology of the Internet.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • McKenna, K. Y. A., Buffardi, L. E. & Seidman, G. (2005). Self presentation to friends and strangers online.  In K.H. Renner, A. Schutz, & F.Machilek (Eds). Internet and personality.  Göttingen, Germany: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.

Representative Presentations

  • Seidman, G. & Havens, A. L. [undergraduate co-author] (2014). Relationship-Contingent Self Esteem and Abandonment Anxiety Predict Facebook Activity. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference, Austin, TX.

  • Seidman, G., McCarthy, M. K., & Poulson, E. M. [undergraduate co-authors]. (2013).  “Gender Differences in Communication and Emotional Expression on Facebook” Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference, New Orleans, La.

  • Shrout, P. E., & Seidman, G. (2012). “Modeling Dyadic Data: Implications of Emphasizing Individuals vs. Couples in Analysis.” Presentation at the annual meeting of the International Association for Relationship Research, Chicago, Ill.

  • Seidman, G. (2010). Perceived Partner Commitment, Romantic Attachment, and Relationship Outcomes. Poster presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Seidman, G. (2007). The Conflict-Buffering Effects of Idealization and Self-Verification in Intimate
    Couples. Poster presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference, Memphis, Tenn.

  • Seidman, G., Green, A. S., & McKenna, K. Y. A. (2006) “First Encounters on the Internet: The Role of Social Anxiety and the ‘True Self.’” Poster presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference, Palm Springs, Calif.

  • Seidman, G., Shrout, P. E., & Bolger, N. (2005).  Is idealization of one’s romantic partner a global phenomenon? A factor analysis of trait-rating discrepancy scores. Poster presented at the American Psychological Society Annual Conference, Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Shrout, P.E., Bolger, N., & Seidman, G. (2003). “Model Misspecification Bias: Now You See It, Now You Don’t.” Presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, Keystone, Colo.