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(615) 322-0065
508 Wilson Hall

Research Area

  • Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Education

    Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1963.

    William Smith

    Professor of Psychology, Emeritus

    Smith's interests lie in the areas of self-evaluation, and in interpersonal and intergroup conflict. His research on self-evaluation is primarily concerned with the social comparison of abilities, especially the inference of ability from performance and attribute information, and the relevance of social identity processes for ability comparison. His work on conflict currently addresses issues of conflict in personal relationships, and constitute responses to intergroup negotiation. In attition, Smith conducts archival research on political conflict. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Program in Social Psychology at Vanderbilt.