Snoop: what our stuff says about us

June 17th, 2008

Sam Gosling of UT Austin has a book out on his research on how we project our self image through our possessions, Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You.

“Does what’s on your desk reveal what’s on your mind? Do those pictures on your walls tell true tales about you? And is your favorite outfit about to give you away? For the last ten years psychologist Sam Gosling has been studying how people project (and protect) their inner selves. By exploring our private worlds (desks, bedrooms, even our clothes and our cars), he shows not only how we showcase our personalities in unexpected-and unplanned-ways, but also how we create personality in the first place, communicate it others, and interpret the world around us.”

Gosling and his colleagues and students have also been studying how people use and interpret information on social networking sites to make statements about themselves, with papers in ICWSM 1007 and 2008.

You can also hear a 30 minute interview with Gosling on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

(h/t Natalie Glance)