InteRRaCt is a collaborative research lab that uses an interdisciplinary approach in order to explore how personality, with a particular focus on dark traits, contributes to differences in individuals’ resilience and cognitive performance in diverse societal contexts.
In July 2017, Dr. Kostas Papageorgiou founded InteRRaCt Lab that is characterised by the following ethos:
- To facilitate the interaction among researchers, who conduct interdisciplinary work in the areas of resilience and cognition focusing on how personality traits influence risk for psychopathology and cognitive performance across societal contexts.
- To contribute actively to the production and dissemination of knowledge in personality and individual differences focusing on exploring the contextually adaptive aspects of dark personalities in contexts.
- To engage with, invest in, and train students of all levels in order to provide the support they need in developing their confidence and motivation to ensure their progress into sustainable academic careers.
The meaning of the lab’s name is twofold: Firstly, to highlight the lab’s target, that is to investigate how networks of personality factors interact to contribute to various outcomes. Secondly, to emphasise the necessity of constructive, multidisciplinary, scientific interaction among researchers in order to shed light on the process through which personality traits come together to impact on individuals’ life outcomes. Considering the Lab’s name and mission, the letter “X” often used to denote interactions is prominent in our logo.
The double arrow and the hourglass in the logo represent, time, emphasising on the importance of conducting longitudinal developmental research in order to identify how personality traits develop and the degree to which they influence resilience and performance differently at different developmental stages.
The smaller circle (one might want to imaging it moving around the periphery of the larger circle) represent the ever-present scientific exploration of the factors that contribute to individual variation in human personality.