I use both experimental and naturalistic real-world designs combined with advanced statistical modeling to address questions focused on how individuals make sense of others and navigate their social world. My primary lines of research have sought to answer: are there individual differences that profoundly impact how we perceive and evaluate our social world?; how can we determine if such individual differences exist?; if these individual differences do exist, what impact do they have?. Within this context, I have focused on first impressions, particularly the use of normative information (an individual’s understanding of the average person), perceptive accuracy (an individual’s ability to understand the personality of others), and within person variability due to social context (e.g., prejudice, similarity). For instance, do people accurately understand the average personality? What about two individuals allows for them to “click” and form particularly accurate impressions of each other?

More broadly, I am interested in interpersonal perception and behavior, self knowledge, personality variability, personality correlates and assessment (e.g., lying, impression management), and applied testing issues. Additionally, I’m interested in issues surrounding reproducibility, replicability, and open science.


Human, L.J., Rogers, K.H., & Biesanz, J.C. (2020). In Person, Online, and Up Close: The Cross‐contextual Consistency of Expressive Accuracy. European Journal of Personality.

Beer, A., Rogers, K.H., & Letzring, T.D. (2019). Effects of escalated exposure to information on accuracy of personality judgment. Journal of Research in Personality. 

Rogers, K.H. (in press). The Role of Normative Information in Judgments of Others. In T.D. Letzring & J.S. Spain (Eds.), The Handbook of Accurate Personality Judgment: Theory and Empirical Findings. Oxford University Press.

Human, L.J., Mignault, C., Biesanz, J.C., & Rogers, K.H. (2019). Why is the well-adjusted person a transparent person?; The role of behavioral congruence in naturalistic social settings. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi: 10.1037/pspp0000193

Rogers, K.H. & Biesanz, J.C. (2018). Reassessing the Good Judge. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi: 10.1037/pspp0000197

Rogers, K.H., *Le, M., Buckels, E.E., Kim, M., & Biesanz, J.C. (2018). Face-to-face with everyday villains: Individual differences in the formation of accurate first impressions among people with dark personalities. Journal of Personality. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12374

Rogers, K.H., Wood, D., & Furr, R.M. (2018). Assessment of similarity and self-other agreement in dyadic relationships: A guide to best practices. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1177/0265407517712615 **data & code: 

Rogers, K.H. & Biesanz, J.C. (2015). Knowing versus liking: Separating normative knowledge from social desirability in first impressions of personality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109(6), 1105-1116. doi:10.1037/a0039587

Bollich, K., Rogers, K.H., & Vazire, S. (2015). Knowing more than we can tell: People are aware of their biased self-perceptions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(7), 918-929. doi: 10.1177/0146167215583993

Rogers, K.H. & Biesanz, J.C. (2014). The accuracy and bias of interpersonal perceptions in intergroup interactions. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5(8), 918-926 doi: 10.1177/1948550614537307

Blasberg, S., Rogers, K.H., & Paulhus, D. (2014). The Bi-Dimensional Impression Management Index (BIMI): Measuring Agentic and Communal forms of Impression Management. Journal of Personality Assessment, 96(5), 523-531. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2013.862252

Wood, D., & Rogers, K.H. (2011). Regional differences in personality exist, but how do we get to them? The case of conscientiousness. American Psychologist, 66(9), 917-918. doi:10.1037/a0024719

Chan, M., Rogers, K.H., Parisotto, K.L., & Biesanz, J.C. (2010). Forming first impressions: The role of gender and normative accuracy in personality perception. Journal of Research in Personality, 45(1), 117-120. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2010.11.001

Rogers, K.H. & Wood, D. (2010). Accuracy of US regional personality stereotypes. Journal of Research in Personality. 44(6), 704-713. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2010.09.006

Leising, D., Rogers, K. & Ostner, J. (2009). The un-disordered personality: Normative assumptions underlying personality disorder diagnoses. Review of General Psychology, 13(3), 230-241. doi:10.1037/a0017139

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Media Coverage

BBC: Are first impressions really accurate?

Psychology Today: Why psychopaths make such bad first impressions