Psych 541: Personality Psychology, Spring 2013

Personality Psychology and Behavioral Dynamics

Psychology 541

Spring 2013

Location:       Psych 508

Time:              Wednesdays 9:00-12:00

Instructor:    Brent W. Roberts

Office:                        411

Office hours: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. or by appointment

Phone #:        3-2644



This course is designed to give graduate students an overview of current research and debate in the field of personality psychology. This is a survey course, which provides a wide-ranging overview of current topics in personality psychology.  Students interested in personality theory, personality assessment, or attachment theory should take other courses (Psych 567, 593, etc.).  Moreover, complete courses can and are given on individual facets of each week’s topics. Thus, this class is designed to give students a broad view of the existing literature with the hope that students will delve into specific topics in greater depth.

Course structure:

The weekly meetings will include a review of the target area and discussion of the assigned readings.  All articles and chapters should be read before class and students should be ready to discuss the material.

Course requirements:

  1. Class Participation:  Students are expected to participate in class either through providing questions and comments about the readings or through providing overviews of specific readings. Contributions to discussions can be made orally in class, or you can post discussion questions to the bwrobertspubs 541 blog site before we meet.  Please post questions 1 hour before we meet. If you would like to contribute questions but forgo a public discourse, feel free to email me your questions before class.  Overviews in class will be brief 10-minute recaps of readings to remind everyone of what we read.  I will run the seminar “old school” style, in which I will call on you at random to provide the overview for one of the readings or to discuss a topic.  Therefore, you should come to class prepared to present a quick overview of each reading, each week.  Class participation constitutes 50% of the final grade.
  2. Final exam:  A final exam will be given during the scheduled final exam period.  The exam will be designed to give students a preview of the qualification exams given to Ph.D. students in the Psychology program.  The exam will be worth 40% of your final grade.
  3. Literature search:  Please pick one of the course topics from the lists below (or a topic that you think should be on the list) and find the 10 of the most interesting/important/most cited papers for that topic and submit them to me for future cohorts to read (10% of the grade).


The readings will be posted to the psych 541 web site as the semester proceeds.  I will post more papers than we will read so that you can explore a topic in more detail if you want.



Jan 16: Inspiration

Carlson, R.  (1981).  Studies in script theory I:  Adult analogs of a child nuclear scene.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 40, 501-510.

Caspi, A., Bem, D.J., & Elder, G.H., Jr.  (1989).  Continuities and consequences of interactional styles across the life course.  Journal of Personality, 57, 375-406.

Cuijpers, P., Smit, F., penninx, B., de Graaf, R., ten Have, M., Beekman, A.  (2010).  Economic costs of neuroticism.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 67, 1086-1093.

Maddi, S.  (1984).  Personology for the 1980s.  In R. A. Zucker, J. Aronoff, and A. I. Rabin (Eds.), Personality and the Prediction of Behavior (pp. 7-41).  Orlando, FL:  Academic Press.

McAdams, D.P. (1995).  What do we know when we know a person?  Journal of Personality, 63, 365-396.

McAdams, D.P.  (2011).  George W. Bush and the redemptive dream: A psychological portrait. Chapter 1. New York: Oxford University Press.

Moffitt, T.E., Arseneault, L., Belsky, D., Dickson, N., Hancox, R.J., Harrington, H.L., Houts, R., Poulton, R., Roberts, B.W., Ross, S., Sears, M.R., Thomson, W.M., & Caspi, A.  (2011) A gradient of childhood self-control predicts health, wealth, and public safety.  Proceedings from the National Academy of Sciences, 108, 2693-2698.

Ozer, D. J. & Benet-Martinez, V. (2006). Personality and the prediction of consequential outcomes. Annual Review of Psychology, 57, 201-221.

Rentfrow, P. J., Gosling, S. D., & Potter, J. (2008). A theory of the emergence, persistence, and expression of geographic variation in psychological characteristics. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 3, 339-369.

Roberts, B. W., Kuncel, N., Shiner, R., N., Caspi, A., & Goldberg, L. R.  (2007). The power of personality:  The comparative validity of personality traits, socio-economic status, and cognitive ability for predicting important life outcomes.  Perspectives in Psychological Science, 2, 313-345.

Tang, T. Z., DeRubeis, R. J., Hollon, S. D., Amsterdam, J., Shelton, R., & Schalet, B. Personality change during depression treatment: A placebo-controlled trial. Archives of General Psychiatry, 66, 1322–1330.

Jan 23: The overviews

Cervone, D. (2004). The Architecture of Personality. Psychological Review, 111, 183-204.

Funder, D. C. (2001). Personality. Annual Review of Psychology, 52, 197-221.

Lubinski, D. (2000).  Assessing individual differences in human behavior: “Sinking shafts at a few critical points,” Annual Review of Psychology, 51, 405-444.

Mayer, J. D.  (2005). A Tale of Two Visions: Can a New View of Personality Help Integrate Psychology? American Psychologist, 60, 294-307.

McCrae, R. R., & Costa, P. T., Jr. (2008). The five-factor theory of personality. In L. A. Pervin & O. P. John, & R.W. Robins (Eds.), Handbook of personality theory and research (Vol. 3). New York: Guilford Press.

McAdams, D. P., & Pals, J. L. (2006). A new Big Five: Fundamental principles for an integrative science of personality. American Psychologist, 61, 204–217.

Mischel, W. (2004).  Toward an Integrative Science of the Person.  Annual Review of Psychology, 55, 1-18.

Revelle, W., Wilt, J., Condon, D.M.  (2011). Individual differences and differential psychology: A brief history and prospect.  In Camoorro-Premuzic, Furnham, & von Stumm (eds).  Handbook of Individual Differences.

Roberts, B. W.  (2006).  Personality development and organizational behavior (Chapter 1, pp 1-41).  In B. M. Staw (Ed.).  Research on Organizational Behavior. Elsevier Science/JAI Press.

Roberts, B. W., & Jackson, J. J.  (2008).  Sociogenomic personality psychology. Journal of Personality, 76, 1523-1544.

Swann, W. B.  Jr. & Seyle, C. (2005). Personality psychology’s comeback and its emerging symbiosis with social psychology. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 155-165.

The what

Jan 30: Dispositions

Funder, D. C. (1991).  Global traits: A neo-Allportian approach to personality. Psychological Science. 2, 31-39.

John, O. P., Naumann, L. P., & Soto, C. J. (2008). Paradigm shift to the Big Five trait taxonomy: History, measurement, and conceptual issues. In John, O. P., Robins, R. W., & Pervin, L. A. (Eds.), Handbook of Personality Theory and Research (pp. 114-158). New York: Guilford.

Roberts, B.W.  (2009). Back to the Future: Personality and Assessment and personality development. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 137-145.

Pietromonaco, P. R., & Beck, L. A. (in press). Attachment processes in adult romantic relationships. In J. A. Simpson & J. Dovidio (Eds.) Handbook of interpersonal relations and group processes. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.  Note: This paper requires a password, which is: attachlab.

Cramer, A.O.J., van der Sluis, S., Noordhof, A., Wichers, M., Geschwind, N., Aggen, S.H., Kendler, K.S., Borsboom, D.  (2012).  Dimensions of normal personality as networks in search of equilibrium: You can’t like parties if you don’t like people.  European Journal of Personality, 26, 414-431.

Shiner, R. L. (2006), Temperament and personality in childhood. In D. K. Mroczek & T. Little (Eds.), Handbook of personality development. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Johnson, J. A. (1997). Units of analysis for the description and explanation of personality. Hogan, Robert (Ed); Johnson, John A (Ed); Briggs, Stephen R (Ed). (1997). Handbook of personality psychology. (pp. 73-93). San Diego, CA, US: Academic Press.

Tellegen, A. (1991). Personality traits: Issues of definition, evidence, and assessment. Cicchetti, D. & Grove, W. M. (Eds). Thinking clearly about psychology: Essays in honor of Paul E. Meehl, Vol. 2: Personality and psychopathology. (pp. 10-35). Minneapolis, MN, US: University of Minnesota Press.

Feb 6: Personality trait structure

Anusic, I., Schimmack, U., Pinkus, R.T., & Lockwood, P.  (2009).  The nature and structure of correlations among Big Five ratings.  The Halo-Alpha-Beta model.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 1142-1156.

Ashton, M. C., & Lee, K. (2007). Empirical, theoretical, and practical advantages of the HEXACO model of personality structure. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 11, 150-166.

De Raad, B., Barelds, D.P.H., Levert, E., Ostendorf, F., Mlacic, B., Di Blas, L., Hrebickova, M., Szirmak, Z., Svarota, P., Perugini, M., Church, A.T., & Katigbak, M.S.  (2010).  Only three factors of personality description are fully replicable across languages:  A comparison of 14 trait taxonomis.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 160-173.

Markon, K. E., Krueger, R. F., & Watson, D. (2005). Delineating the structure of normal and abnormal personality: An integrative hierarchical approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 139-157.

McCrae, R. R., & Costa, P. T. Jr. (1997). Personality trait structure as a human universal.  American Psychologist, 52, 509-516.

Goldberg, L. R.  (1993).  The structure of phenotypic personality traits.  American Psychologist, 48, 26-34.

Gurven, M., von Rueden, C., Massenkoff, M., Kaplan, H., & Vie, M.L.  (2012).  How universal is the Big Five?  Testing the Five-Factor Model of personality variation among forager-farmers in the Bolivian Amazon.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.       

Saucier, G. (2009).  Recurrent personality dimensions in inclusive lexical studies: indications for a Big Six structure.  Journal of Personality, 75, 1578-1614.

Saucier, G. (2009). What are the most important dimensions of personality? Evidence from studies of descriptors in diverse languages. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3/4, 620-637.

Saucier, G., Thalmayer, A.G., & Payne, D.L.  (in press).  A basic bivariate structure of personality attributes. Journal of Personality.

Tacket, J.L., Slobodskaya, H.R., Mar, R.A., Deal, J., Halverson, C.F., Jr., Baker, S.R., Pavlopoulos, V., Besevegis, E.  (2012).  The hierarchical structure of childhood personality in five countries: Continuity from early childhood to early adolescence.  Journal of Personality, 80, 847-879.

Wood, D., Nye, C.D., Saucier, G. (2010).  Identification and measurement of a more comprehensive set of person-descriptive trait markers from the English lexicon.  Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 258-272.

Feb 13: Motives/Interests

Austin, J.T., & Vancouver, J.B. (1996).  Goal constructs in psychology: Structure, process and content.  Psychological Bulletin, 120, 338-375. 

Bleidorn, W., Kandler, C., Hülsheger, U. R., Riemann, R., Angleitner, A., & Spinath, F. M. (2010). Nature and nurture of the interplay between personality traits and major life goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 366–379. doi: 10.1037/a0019982

Dweck, C. S., & Leggett, E. L.  (1988).  A social-cognitive approach to motivation and personality. Psychological Review, 95, 256-273.

Emmons, R. A.  (1986). Personal strivings: An approach to personality and subjective well-being.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51, 1058-1068.

Eccles, J.  Who am I and what am I going to do with my life?  Personal and collective identities as motivators of action.  Educational Psychologist, 44, 78-89.

Elliot, A. J., Chirkov, V. I., Kim, Y., & Sheldon, K. M.  (2001). A cross-cultural analysis of avoidance (relative to approach) personal goals.  Psychological Science, 12, 505-510.

Elliott, A. J., Thrash, T.M., & Murayama, K.  (2011).  A longitudinal analysis of self-regulation and well-being: Avoidance personality goals, avoidance coping, stress generation, and subjective well-being.  Journal of Personality, 79, 643-674.

Emmons, R. A., & McAdams, D. P.  (1991).  Personal strivings and motive dispositions: Exploring the links.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 6, 648-654.

Higgins, E. T. (1987). Self-discrepancy: A theory relating self and affect. Psychological Review, 94, 319-340.

Hofer, J. & Busch, H. (2011).  When the needs for affiliation and intimacy are frustrated: Envy and indirect aggression among German and Cameroonian adults.  Journal of Research in Personality, 45, 19-228.

Kordik, A., Eska, K., & Schultheiss, O.C. (2012).  Implicit need for affiliation is associated with increased corrugator activity in a non-positive, but not in a positive social interaction.  Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 604-608.

Nagengast, B., Marsh, H.W., Scalas, L.F., Xu, M.K., Hua, K., & Trautwein, U.  (2011).  Who took the “x” out of Expectancy Value Theory?  A psychological mystery, a substantive-methodological synergy, and a cross-national generalization.  Psychological Science.

Salmela-Aro, K., Read, S., Nurmi, J., Vuoksimaa, E., Siltala, M., Dick, D.M., Pulkkinen, L., Kaprio, J., Rose, R.J.  (2012).  Personal goals and personality traits among young adults: Genetic and environmental effects.  Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 248-257.

Sheldon, K. M., Ryan, R. M., Deci, E. L., & Kasser, T. (2004). The independent effects of goal contents and motives on well-being: It’s both what you pursue and why you pursue it. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 475–486.

Spurk, D., & Abele, A.E. (2011).  Who earns more and why?  A multiple mediation model from personality to salary.  Journal of Business Psychology, 26, 87-103.

Feb 20: Abilities

Deary, I. J. (2011). Intelligence. Annual Review of Psychology, 63, 453–82.

Deary, I. J., Whiteman, M. C., Starr, J. M., Whalley, L. J., & Fox, H. C. (2004). The Impact of Childhood Intelligence on Later Life: Following Up the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86, 130-147.

DeYoung, C. G. (2011). Intelligence and personality. In R. J. Sternberg & S. B. Kaufman (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of intelligence (pp. 711–737). New York: Cambridge University Press.       

Kaplan, J.S., (2012).  The effects of shared environment on adult intelligence: A critical review of adoption, twin, and MZA studies.  Developmental Psychology, 48, 1292-1298.

Kuncel, N.R., & Hezlett, S.A. (2010). Fact and fiction in cognitive ability testing for admissions and hiring decisions.  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 339-345.

Kuncel, N. R., Hezlett, S. A., & Ones, D. S. (2004).  Academic Performance, Career Potential, Creativity, and Job Performance: Can One Construct Predict Them All? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86, 148-161.

Johnson, W., & Bouchard, T. J. Jr.  (2005). The structure of human intelligence: It is verbal, perceptual, and image rotation (VPR), not fluid and crystallized. Intelligence, 33, 393-416.

Joseph, D.L., & Newman, D.A. (2010).  Emotional intelligence: An integrative meta-analysis and cascading model.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 95, 54-78.

Nisbett, R.E., Aronson, J., Blair, C., Dickens, W., Flynn, J., Halpern, D.F., Turkheimer, E.  (2012).  Intelligence: New findings and theoretical developments.  American Psychologist, 67, 130-159.

Sackett, P.R., Kuncel, N.R., Beatty, A.S., Rigdon, J.L., Shen, W., & Kiger, T.B. (2012).  The role of socioeconomic status in SAT-grade relationships and in college admissions decisions.  Psychological Science, 23, 1000-1007.

Feb 27: Narratives

Adler, J.M. (2012).  Living into the story: Agency and coherence in a longitudinal study of narrative identity development and mental health over the course of psychotherapy.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 367-389.

McAdams, D. P. (2001). The psychology of life stories. Review of General Psychology, 5, 100-122.

McAdams, D. P. (2008). Personal Narratives and the Life Story.  HPTR, Chapter 8

McAdams, D., Reynolds, J., Lewis, M., Patten, A., & Bowman, P. (2001). When bad things turn good and good things turn bad: Sequences of redemption and contamination in life narratives and their relation to psychosocial adaptation in midlife adults and in students. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 474-485.

McLean, K. C., Pasupathi, M., & Pals, J. L.  (2007).  Selves creating stories creating selves: A process model of self-development.  Personality and Social Psychology Review, 11, 262-278.

Lodi-Smith, J. L., Geise, A. C., Roberts, B. W., & Robins, R. W.  (2009). Narrating personality change: Antecedences and consequences of personality change narratives in young adulthood.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 679-689.

Matsuba, M.K., Pratt, M.W., Norris, J.E., Mohle, E., Alisat, S., & McAdams, D.P.  (2012).  Environmentalism as a context for expressing identity and generativity: Patterns among activists and uninvolved youth and midlife adults.  Journal of Personality, 80, 1091-1115.

Nelson, P.A., & Thorne, A.  (2012).  Personality and metaphor use: How extraverted and introverted young adults experience becoming friends.  European Journal of Personality, 26, 600-612.

Pals, J.L. (2006). Narrative identity processing of difficult life experiences: Pathways of personality developmentand positive self-transformation in adulthood.  Journal of Personality, 74, 1079-1109.

Wilt, J., Olson, B.D., & McAdams, D.P. (2011).  Higher-order factors of the Big Five predict exploration and threat in life stories.  Journal of Research in Personality, 45, 613-621.

Etiology, Development, and Aging

March 6:  Evolutionary personality psychology

Buss, D. (2008). Human nature and individual differences: The evolution of human personality. In O. P. John, R. W. Robins, & L. A. Pervin (Eds.), Handbook of personality: Theory and research (pp. 29-60). New York: Guilford.

Dall, S.R.X., Houston, A.I., Mcnamara, J.M. (2004) The behavioural ecology of personality: Consistent individual differences from an adaptive perspective. Ecology Letters, 7, 734-739.

Fraley, R. C., Brumbaugh, C. C., & Marks, M. J. (2005). The evolution and function of adult attachment: A comparative and phylogenetic analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 731-746.

Lukaszewski, A.W. (in press). Testing an Adaptationist Theory of Trait Covariation: Relative Bargaining Power as a Common Calibrator of an Interpersonal Syndrome.  European Journal of Personality

Nettle, D. (2006). The evolution of personality variation in humans and other animals. American Psychologist, 61, 622-631.

Penke, L., Denissen, J. J. A., & Miller, G. F. (2007). The evolutionary genetics of personality. European Journal of Personality, 21, 549-587.

Sundie, J.M., Kenrick, D.T., Griskevicius, V., Tybur, J.M., Vohs, K.D., Beal, D.J.  (2010).  Peacocks, Porsches, and Thorstein Veblen: Conspicuous consumption as a sexual signaling system.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Trivers, R.L. (1971). The evolution of reciprocal altruism. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 46, 35-57.

Tybur, J.M., Lieberman, D., & Griskevicius, V.  (2009). Microbes, mating, and morality: Individual differences in three functional domains of disgust.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 103-122.

Wolf, M., van Doorn, G. S., Leimar, O., & Weissing, F. J., (2007). Life history trade-offs favor the evolution of animal personalities. Nature, 447, 581-584.

March 13: Behavior genetics

Bates, T.C., & Lewis, G.J. (2012).  Towards a genetically informed approach in the social sciences: Strengths and opportunities.  Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 374-380.

Houts, R.M., Caspi, A., Pianta, R.C., Arseneault, L., & Moffitt, T.E. (2010).  The challenging pupil in the classroom: The effect of the child on the teacher.  Psychological Science.

Johnson, W., Penke, L., Spinath, F.M. (2011).  Heritability in the era of molecular genetics: Some thoughts for understanding genetic influences on behavioral traits.  European Journal of Personality, 25, 254-266

Kandler, C., Bleidorn, W., Riemann, R., Angleitner, A., & Spinath, F. (2012). Life events as environmental states and genetic traits and the role of personality: A longitudinal twin study. Behavior Genetic s, 42, 57–72. doi: 10.1007/s10519-011-9491-0s

Kendler, K.S., Eaves, L.J., Loken, E.K., Pederson, N.L., Middledorp, C.M., Reynolds, C., Boomsa, D., Lictenstein, P., Silberg, J., & Gardner, C.O. (2012).  The impact of environmental experiences on symptoms of anxiety and depression across the life span.  Psychological Science.   

Krueger, R. F. & Johnson, W.  (2008).  Behavioral Genetics and Personality: A New Look at the Integration of Nature and Nurture.  HPTR, Chapter 10.

McGue, M. (2010).  The end of behavioral genetics? Behavior Genetics, 40, 284-296.

Riemann, R., Kandler, C., & Bleidorn, W. (2012).  Behavioral genetic analysis of parent twin relationship quality. Personality and Individual Differences.

South, S. C., & Krueger, R. F.  (2008).  An interactionist perspective on genetic and environmental contributions to personality.  Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 929-948.

Spengler, M., Gottschling, J., Spinath, F.M. (2012).  Personality in childhood—A longitudinal behavior genetic approach.  Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 411-416.

March 20: Spring Break

March 27: Personality and molecular genetics

Chabris, C.F., Hebert, B.M., et al. (2012).  Most reported genetic associations with general intelligence are probably false positives.  Psychological Science.

Cole, S.W. (2010).  Elevating the perspective on human stress genomics.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 35, 955-962.

Charney, E. (2012).  Behavior genetics and post genomics.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Gibson, G. (2012). Rare and common variants: Twenty arguments.  Nature Reviews, 13, 135-145.

Miller, G.E., Chen, E., Fok, A.K., Walker, H., Lim, A., Nicholls, E.F., Cole, S., & Kobar, M.S.  (2009).  Low early-life social class leaves a biological residue manifested by decreased clucocorticoid and increased proinflammatory signaling.  Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, 106, 14716-14721.

Munafo, M.R., & Flint, J. (2011).  Dissecting the genetic architecture of human personality.  Trends in Cognitive Science, 15, 395-400.

April 10: Personality development: Overviews and Continuity

Campbell, B.C. & Wang, S.S.H. (2012).  Familial linkage between neuropsychiatric disorders and intellectual interests.  PLoS ONE, 7, e30405

Caspi, A., & Moffitt, T. E. (1991). Individual differences are accentuated during periods of social change: The sample case of girls at puberty.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 61, 157-168.

De Haan, A.D., Dekovic, M., & Prinzie, P.  (2012).  Longitudinal impact of parental and adolescent personality on parenting.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 189-199.

Fraley, C., & Roberts, B. W.  (2005).  Patterns of Continuity: A Dynamic Model for Conceptualizing the Stability of Individual Differences in Psychological Constructs Across the Life Course.  Psychological Review, 112, 60-74.

Kandler, C., Bleidorn, W., Riemann, R., Spinath, F. M., Thiel, W., & Angleitner, A. (2010). Sources of cumulative continuity in personality: A longitudinal multiple-rater twin study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 995–1008. doi: 10.1037/a0019558

Low, D. K., S., Yoon, M., Roberts, B. W., & Rounds. J. (2005). The stability of interests from early adolescence to middle adulthood: A quantitative review of longitudinal studies. Psychological Bulletin, 131, 713-737.

McAdams, D.P. & Olson, B.D. (2010). Personality development: Continuity and change over the life course. Annual Review of Psychology, 61, 517-542.          

Roberts, B.W., & DelVecchio, W.F. (2000).  The rank-order consistency of personality traits from childhood to old age: A quantitative review of longitudinal studies.  Psychological Bulletin, 126, 3-25.

Roberts, B.W. & Mroczek, D.  (2008). Personality trait change in adulthood.  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 31-35.

Roberts, B.W., Wood, D, & Caspi, A. (2008). The development of personality traits in adulthood.  In O.P. John, R.W. Robins, & L. A. Pervin (Eds.), Handbook of personality: theory and research (3rd edition, Ch 14, pp. 375-398).  New York, NY: Guilford.

Wilson, S. & Durbin, E.C. (2012).  Dyadic parent-child interaction during early childhood: Contributions of parental and child personality traits.  Jorunal of Personality, 80, 1313-1338.

April 17: Personality development: Change

Allemand, M., Gomez, V., & Jackson, J.J. (2010).  Personality trait development in midlife: exploring the impact of psychological turning points.  European Journal of Ageing, 7, 147-155.

Anusic, I., Lucas, R.E., & Donnellan, M.B. (2012).  Cross-sectional age differences in personality: Evidence from nationally representative samples from Switzerland and the United States.  Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 116-120.

Bleidorn, W., Kandler C., Riemann, R., Angleitner, A., & Spinath, F. M. (2009). Patterns and sources of adult personality development: Growth curve analyses of the NEO-PI-R scales in a longitudinal twin study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 142–155. doi: 10.1037/a0015434

Blonigen, D.M. (2010).  Explaining the relationship between age and crime: Contributions from the developmental literature on personality.  Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 89-100.

Donnellan, M.B., & Lucas, R.E. (2008).  Age differences in the Big Five across the life span: Evidence from two national samples.  Psychology and Aging, 23, 558-566.

Gow, A.J., Johnson, W., Pattie, A., Brett, C.E., Roberts, B., Starr, J.M., & Deary, I.J.  (2011).  Stability and change in intelligence from age 11 to ages 70, 79, and 87; The Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936. Psychology and Aging, 26, 232-240.

Harden, K.P., Quinn, P.D., & Tucker-Drob, E.M. (2012).  Genetically influenced change in sensation seeking drives the rise of delinquent behavior during adolescence.  Developmental Science, 15, 150-163.

Hudson, N.W., Roberts, B.W., & Lodi-Smith, J.  (2012).  Personality trait development and social investment at work.  Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 334-344.

Klimstra, T.A., Hale, W.W., III, Raaijmakers, Q.A.W., & Meeus, W.H.J. (2012). Hypermaturity and immaturity of personality profiles in adolescents.  European Journal of Personality, 26, 203-211.

Lehnart, J., Neyer, F.J., & Eccles, J. (2010).  Long-term effects of social investment: The case of partnering in young adulthood.  Journal of Personality, 78, 639-669

Littlefield, A.K., Sher, K.J., & Steinley, D. (2010).  Developmental trajectoris of impulsivity and their association with alcohol use and related outcomes during emerging and young adulthood I.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 34, 1409-1416.

Lüdtke, O., Roberts, B.W., Trautwein, U., & Nagy, G.  (2011). A random walk down university avenue: Life paths, life events, and personality trait change at the transition to university life.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 620-637.

Mroczek, D. K., & Spiro, A., III.  (2007). Personality change influences mortality in older men. Psychological Science, 18, 371-376.

Roberts, B. W., Walton, K. & Viechtbauer, W.  (2006).  Patterns of mean-Level change in personality traits across the life course: A meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Psychological Bulletin132, 1-25.

Roberts, B. W., Wood, D., & Smith, J. L. (2005). Evaluating the five factor theory and social investment  perspective on personality trait development. Journal of Research in Personality, 39, 166-184.

Specht, J., Egloff, B., & Schmukle, S.C. (2012).  Examining mechanisms of personality maturation: The impact of life satisfaction on the development of the Big Five personality traits.  Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Syed, M., & Seiffge-Krenke, I. (2012).  Personality development from adolescence to emerging adulthood: Linking trajectories of ego development to the family context and identity formation.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

The How: Processes and outcomes

April 24: Person perception

Carlson, E. N., Vazire, S., & Oltmanns, T. F. (2012). Self‐Other Knowledge Asymmetries in Personality Pathology. Journal of Personality.

Connelly, B. S., & Ones, D. S. (2010). An other perspective on personality: Meta-analytic integration of observers’ accuracy and predictive validity. Psychological Bulletin, 136(6), 1092-1122.

Connelly, B. S., & Hülsheger, U. R. (2012). A Narrower Scope or a Clearer Lens for Personality? Examining Sources of Observers’ Advantages Over Self‐Reports for Predicting Performance. Journal of Personality, 80(3), 603-631.

Funder, D. C. (2012). Accurate personality judgment. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21(3), 177-182.

Human, L. J., Biesanz, J. C., Parisotto, K. L., & Dunn, E. W. (2012). Your Best Self Helps Reveal Your True Self Positive Self-Presentation Leads to More Accurate Personality Impressions. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3(1), 23-30.

Kashdan, T. B., Sherman, R. A., Yarbro, J., & Funder, D. C. (2013). How Are Curious People Viewed and How Do They Behave in Social Situations? From the Perspectives of Self, Friends, Parents, and Unacquainted Observers. Journal of Personality

Schneider, L., Schimmack, U., Petrican, R., & Walker, S. (2010). Acquaintanceship length as a moderator of self-informant agreement in life-satisfaction ratings. Journal of Research in Personality, 44(1), 146-150.

Sherman, R. A., Nave, C. S., & Funder, D. C. (2010). Situational similarity and personality predict behavioral consistency. Journal of personality and social psychology, 99(2), 330-343.

Vazire, S., & Mehl, M. R. (2008). Knowing me, knowing you: The accuracy and unique predictive validity of self and other ratings of daily behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1202-1216.

Vazire, S. (2006). Informant reports: A cheap, fast, and easy method for personality assessment. Journal of Research in Personality, 40, 472-481.

Vazire, S. (2010). Who knows what about a person? The self-other knowledge asymmetry (SOKA) model. Journal of personality and social psychology, 98(2), 281-300.

Vazire, S., & Carlson, E. N. (2011). Others sometimes know us better than we know ourselves. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20(2), 104-108.

Wood, D., Harms, P. D., & Vazire, S. (2010). Perceiver effects as projective tests: What your perceptions of others say about you. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99.


May 1: Personality process and person-situation issues

Boyce, C. J., & Wood, A. M. (2011). Personality Prior to Disability Determines Adaptation Agreeable Individuals Recover Lost Life Satisfaction Faster and More Completely. Psychological science22(11), 1397-1402.

Fleeson, W. (2001). Toward a structure- and process-integrated view of personality: Traits as density distributions of states. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 80, 1011-1027

Fleeson, W. (2004). Moving personality beyond the person-situation debate: The challenge and opportunity of within-person variability. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 13, 83–87.

Fournier, M. A., Moskowitz, D. S., & Zuroff, D. C., (2008). Integrating dispositions, signatures, and the interpersonal domain. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 531–545.

Funder, D. C. (2009). Persons, behaviors, and situations: An agenda for personality psychology in the postwar era. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 120-126.

Johnson, J. A. (1999). Persons in situations: Distinguishing new wine from old wine in new bottles. European Journal of Personality, 13, 443-453.

Marshall, M. A., & Brown, J. D. (2006). Trait aggressiveness and situational provocation: A test of the traits as situational sensitivities (TASS) model. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1110-1113.

Moscowitz, D.S., & Zuroff, D.C. (2004).  Flux, pulse, and spin:  Dynamic additions to the personality lexicon.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86, 880-893.

Robinson, M. D., & Clore, D. L.  (2007).  Traits, states, and encoding speed: Support for a top-down view of neuroticism/state relations.  Journal of Personality, 75, 95-120

Sheldon, K. M., Ryan, R. M., Deci, E. L., & Kasser, T. (2004). The independent effects of goal contents and motives on well-being:It’s both what you pursue and why you pursue it. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 475–486.

Van Egeren, L. F. (2009). A cybernetic model of global personality traits. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 13, 92-108.

Wilt, J. Nofle, E.E., Fleeson, W., & Spain, J.S. (2011).  The dynamic role of personality states in mediating the relationship between extraversion and positive affect. Journal of Personality, 80, 1205-1236.


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