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Verónica Benet-Martínez, Ph.D.

Verónica Benet-Martínez, Ph.D.

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I am a social-personality psychologist interested in the relationship between culture and psychological processes. My research activities can be organized around the study of the following 2 general areas: (1) Multi/biculturalism: Psychological dynamics, individual differences, and consequences of having multicultural identities and experiences; (2) Culture and personality: Identification and measurement of culture-specific and -general personality constructs, links between bilingualism/biculturalism and personality self- and other-perceptions.

I investigate the above issues with multiple methods, which include experimental and correlational designs, with multiple types of data, such as self-report, behavioral, and social network data, and with diverse types of samples and cultural groups.

Primary Interests:

  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Political Psychology
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition
  • Sociology, Social Networks

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Journal Articles:

  • Aaker, J., Benet-Martínez, V., & Garolera, J. (2001). Consumption symbols as carriers of culture: A study of Japanese and Spanish brand personality constructs. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 249-264.
  • Benet-Martínez, V., & Haritatos, J. (2005). Bicultural Identity Integration (BII): Components and psychosocial antecedents. Journal of Personality, 73, 1015-1050.
  • Benet-Martínez, V., & John, O. P. (1998). Los Cinco Grandes across cultures and ethnic groups: Multitrait method analyses of the Big Five in Spanish and English. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 729-750.
  • Benet-Martínez, V., & Karakitapoglu-Aygun, Z. (2003). The interplay of cultural values and personality in predicting life-satisfaction: Comparing Asian- and European-Americans. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 34, 38-61.
  • Benet-Martínez, V., Lee, F., & Leu, J. (2006). Biculturalism and cognitive complexity: Expertise in cultural representations. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 37, 386-407.
  • Benet-Martínez, V., Leu, J., Lee, F., & Morris, M. (2002). Negotiating biculturalism: Cultural frame-switching in biculturals with "oppositional" vs. "compatible" cultural identities. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 33, 492-516.
  • Benet-Martínez, V., & Waller, N. G. (1997). Further evidence for the cross-cultural generality of the "Big Seven" model: Imported and indigenous Spanish personality constructs. Journal of Personality, 65, 567-598.
  • Benet, V., & Waller, N. G. (1995). The "Big Seven" model of personality description: Evidence for its cross-cultural generality in a Spanish sample. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 69, 701-718.
  • Hong, Y., Morris, M., Chiu, C., & Benet-Martínez, V. (2000). Multicultural minds: A dynamic constructivist approach to culture and cognition. American Psychologist, 55, 709-720.
  • Hong, Y.Y., Zhan, S., Morris, M., & Benet-Martinez, V. (2016). Multicultural identity processes. Current Opinion in Psychology, 8, 49-53.
  • Miramontez, D., Benet-Martínez, V., & Nguyen, A.N. (2008). Bicultural Identity Integration and self-group personality perceptions. Self and Identity, 7, 430-445
  • Naumann, L., Benet-Martinez, V., & Espinoza, P. (2017). Correlates of political ideology among US-born Mexican Americans: Cultural identification, acculturation attitudes, and socio-economic status. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 20-28.
  • Nguyen, A. M., & Benet-Martínez, V. (2013). Biculturalism and adjustment: A meta-analysis. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44(1), 122-159.
  • Ozer, D., & Benet-Martínez, V. (2006). Personality and the prediction of consequential outcomes. Annual Review of Psychology, 57, 401-421.
  • Ramirez-Esparza, N., Gosling, S., Benet-Martínez, V., Potter, J., & Pennebaker, J. (2006). Do bilinguals have two personalities? A special case of cultural frame-switching. Journal of Research in Personality, 40, 99-120.

Other Publications:

  • Benet-Martínez, V. (2012). Multiculturalism: Cultural, personality, and social processes. In K. Deaux & M. Snyder (Eds.), Handbook of personality and social psychology (pp. 623-648). Oxford University Press
  • Benet-Martínez, V. (2007). Cross-cultural personality research: Conceptual and methodological issues. In R. W. Robins, R. C. Fraley, & R. Krueger (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in personality psychology. New York: Guildford Press.
  • Benet-Martínez, V., & Oishi, S. (2008). Culture and personality. In O. P. John, R. W. Robins, & L. A. Pervin (Eds.), Handbook of personality: Theory and research. New York: Guilford Press.
  • John, O. P., & Benet-Martínez, V. (2000). Measurement, scale construction, and reliability. In H. T. Reis and C. M. Judd (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in social and personality psychology (pp. 339-369). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Acculturation and Enculturation
  • Cultural Perspectives in Personality and Social Psychology
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Introduction to Personality Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Political Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Verónica Benet-Martínez, Ph.D.
Department of Social and Political Sciences
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27, Jaume I Building
08005 Barcelona

  • Phone: +34 93 5422684

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