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Psychology

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Bill Peterson
Professor

email Send E-mail office Office: Bass Hall 414 phone Phone: (413) 585-3764
Lab: (413) 585-3154

Office Hours: Fall 2014 Monday 11:00 -12:00pm Thursday 2:00 - 3:00pm

by appointment

In addition to teaching research methods, Bill Peterson offers courses in adolescent and adult development. His latest seminar investigates the topic of identity formation from psychological and literary perspectives. He obtained his B.A. at the University of California, Berkely in 1987, and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1993.

In recent research, Peterson has been studying "generativity"—the desire at mid-life to contribute something of worth to society. He also has an interest in studying authoritarian ideologies and how they direct the developmental goals of young adults. Currently he serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Personality.

Originally from California, Peterson and his spouse find the weather in New England much more interesting; the contrasts of the four seasons and the clear air are invigorating. He enjoys reading and likes old things (like old maps, paintings and movies).