Interview with Shelley E. Taylor

Shelley E. Taylor, Susan T. Fiske

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Shelley Taylor's autobiographical interview (conducted by Annual Review of Psychology Editor and long-time collaborator Susan Fiske) touches on some of her favorite ideas. For example, positive illusions: "The traditional textbook definition of mental health included the stipulation that people see the world accurately, and what we were suggesting is that actually, a lot of times, people don't see the world accurately. They see it with a positive spin on it." She also discusses how to found fields (social cognition, health psychology, and social neuroscience) and the challenges of boundary crossing (from social to biological). Her practical comments describe the joy of teaching methods, running a lab, and being a solo female. The interview ends with her advice to follow your instincts about the next big idea: "Trusting your own ideas is a very important way of coming up with a research program that is novel and exciting, and that ultimately wins people over."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalAnnual review of psychology
StatePublished - Jan 4 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


  • autobiography
  • coping
  • health psychology
  • positive illusions
  • social psychology
  • stress


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