Lauren Human

(She, Her, Hers)

Associate Professor

Office: ART 317

Graduate student supervisor. Will consider Psychology graduate students for September 2024 intake.

Research Summary

Interpersonal impressions; accuracy and bias; well-being; social relationships.

Courses & Teaching

Self and social perception


Dr. Lauren Human is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Principal’s Research Chair at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan), where she directs the Social Interaction and Perception Lab. Dr. Human completed her PhD in social and personality psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in social and health psychology at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to coming to UBCO, Dr. Human was faculty at McGill University.



PhD, University of British Columbia

Research Interests & Projects

How does the way we see and are seen by others relate to our psychological and social well-being? Our lab examines the causes and consequences of accurate and biased interpersonal impressions, with a focus on the role of well-being. We examine a range of social contexts, from first impressions to close relationships, and take a multi-method approach, integrating lab-based experimental studies and real-world naturalistic designs.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Human, L. J., Rogers, K. H., & Biesanz, J. C. (2021). In-person, online, and up-close: The cross contextual consistency of expressive accuracy. European Journal of Personality, 35, 120-148.

Kerr, L. G., Tissera, H., McClure, M. J., Lydon, J. E., Back, M. D., & Human, L. J. (2020). Blind at first sight? The role of distinctively accurate first impressions in romantic interest. Psychological Science, 31, 715-728.

Human, L. J., Carlson, E. N., Geukes, K., Nestler, S., & Back, M. D. (2020). Do accurate personality impressions benefit early relationship development? The bidirectional associations between accuracy and liking. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 118, 199–212. doi: 10.1037/pspp0000214

Human, L. J., Mignault, M. C., Biesanz, J. C., & Rogers, K. H. (2019). Why are well-adjusted people seen more accurately? The role of personality-behavior congruence in naturalistic social settings. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 117, 465-482. doi: 10.1037/pspp0000193


Apologies, but no results were found.