Victoria M. Bryan
Victoria is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Psychology. She received her B.A. in 2015 from the University of New England and her M.A. in Personality and Social Psychology in 2018 from the University of New Hampshire.
Victoria's research interests are broadly focused on our capacity to reason about ourselves and others and how that contributes to our ability to successfully navigate interpersonal interactions.
Her work in the lab includes a qualitative analysis of individual’s written descriptions of conflict with close others (friends, romantic partners). The findings of her research suggest individuals high in personal intelligence – the ability to reason about the traits, motives, and goals of themselves and others – may flexibly employ communication patterns better suited to the needs of their interactions with others. She is currently working on several studies that explore the linguistic patterns of individuals high (vs. low) in personal intelligence.
A further area of interest for Victoria is the broad intelligences, the 8-15 helper abilities that fall at the second stratum of the Carroll-Horn-Cattell (CHC) model of human cognitive abilities. Her work on the broad intelligences has included several meta-analyses looking at the correlations among the broad intelligences. A selected overview of her findings was presented at the 14th Meeting of the Association for Research in Personality and published in Intelligence (a preprint version of the article can be found here).
Victoria has been awarded UNH's Dissertation Year Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Her previous teaching experience includes:
- Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 401)
- Statistics in Psychology (PSYC 402)
- Personality Psychology (PSYC 553)
She has also worked as a T.A. for several other courses, including:
- Psychological Measurement
- Personality Psychology
- Brain and Behavior
- Neurobiology of Mood Disorders
- Behavioral Medicine