Psychology 541 Personality Psychology and Behavioral Dynamics Spring 2019

Personality Psychology and Behavior Dynamics

Psychology 541

Spring 2019


Location:        Room 815, Psychology

Time:              Fridays 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 an overview of major topics in personality psychology. 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 in other classes or on their own.


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:

Readings.  Readings for each week are provided below.  The papers with hyper links are the required reading for each week. The other readings listed are for those who are curious or who would like to do a deeper dive into a topic.  We will read 3 to 4 articles per week.

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 class via the collaborative Google doc (see below). Overviews in class will be brief 5 to 10-minute recaps of readings to remind everyone of what we read. Class participation constitutes 50% of the final grade. I will call on you in a semi-random fashion to provide overviews of the papers unless you volunteer to do so in advance.

The Google Document.  A second way of participating will be the course Google Document. In an effort to both document the information we discuss and to provide alternative methods of participating, I’d like the class to work collaboratively on a series of Google Docs.  The document will list each reading and a set of questions that should be answered for each reading.  I will assign groups of students at random to be responsible for answering the questions for each paper.

Products.  The final component of your grade will derive from producing one of three possible documents: 1) a literature review of a topic; 2) a research proposal; 3) a registered report. The focus of these reports will have to be from within the domain of personality psychology.  Please indicate by March 7th via email what the topic of your paper will be and what type of paper you will write.


Course etiquette 

I understand that computers are now ubiquitous in the classroom, but to the extent that you can, please don’t use your lap top in this seminar.  The ideal graduate seminar, from my experience, is one in which ideas are discussed.  Typing notes during class hinders thinking and discussion.  As this is not a lecture course, nor a course where you will be tested on the “correct” answer (read: whatever I say), taking notes is unnecessary.  Also, the temptation to wander over to social media and email is too tempting (just look at faculty in meetings for the worst culprits–there are no angels). Come to class prepared to engage with the material, not consume the material.  If you still feel compelled to take notes, please take them long hand.  I will be happy to display the readings on the overhead in the seminar room if you would like to refer to specific passages in each reading.


Jan 17: The overviews

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

Dweck, C. S. (2017). From needs to goals and representations: Foundations for a unified theory of motivation, personality, and development. Psychological review, 124(6), 689.

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.

Mischel, W., & Shoda, Y. (1995). A cognitive-affective system theory of personality: reconceptualizing situations, dispositions, dynamics, and invariance in personality structure. Psychological review102(2), 246.

Mischel, W., & Shoda, Y.  (2008).  Toward a unified 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.

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.

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.


Jan 24: The overviews, continued

Benet-Martínez, V., Donnellan, M. B., Fleeson, W., Fraley, R. C., Gosling, S. D., King, L. A., … & Funder, D. C. (2015). Six visions for the future of personality psychology. APA handbook of personality and social psychology4, 665-689.

Cicchetti (2016) Socioemotional, Personality, and Biological Development: Illustrations from a Multilevel Developmental Psychopathology Perspective on Child Maltreatment. Annual Review of Psychology Vol. 67:187-211 (Volume publication date January 2016).

DeYoung, C. G. (2015). Cybernetic big five theory. Journal of Research in Personality56, 33-58.

Dunlop, W. L. (2015). Contextualized personality, beyond traits. European Journal of Personality29(3), 310-325.

Fajkowska, M. (2015). The Complex-System Approach to Personality: Main theoretical assumptions. Journal of Research in Personality56, 15-32.

Poropat, A. E., & Corr, P. J. (2015). Thinking bigger: The Cronbachian paradigm & personality theory integration. Journal of Research in Personality56, 59-69.

Revelle, W., & Condon, D. M. (2015). A model for personality at three levels. Journal of Research in Personality56, 70-81.

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.

Wrzus, C., & Roberts, B. W. (2017). Processes of Personality Development in Adulthood: The TESSERA Framework. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 1088868316652279.


Jan 31st: Dispositions

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.

Fleeson, W., & Jayawickreme, E. (2015). Whole trait theory. Journal of Research in Personality56, 82-92.

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

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.

Lievens, F., Lang, J. W., De Fruyt, F., Corstjens, J., Van de Vijver, M., & Bledow, R. (2018). The predictive power of people’s intraindividual variability across situations: Implementing whole trait theory in assessment. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Mõttus, R., Kandler, C., Bleidorn, W., Riemann, R., & McCrae, R. R. (2017). Personality traits below facets: The consensual validity, longitudinal stability, heritability, and utility of personality nuances. Journal of personality and social psychology, 112(3), 474.

Perugini, M., Costantini, G., Hughes, S., & De Houwer, J. (2016). A functional perspective on personality. International Journal of Psychology51(1), 33-39.

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

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

Roberts, B. W. (2018). A revised sociogenomic model of personality traits. Journal of personality86(1), 23-35.

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

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.

Wilt, J., & Revelle, W. (2015). Affect, Behaviour, Cognition and Desire in the Big Five: An Analysis of Item Content and Structure. European journal of personality29(4), 478-497.

Wood, D., Gardner, M. H., & Harms, P. D. (2015). How functionalist and process approaches to behavior can explain trait covariation. Psychological Review122(1), 84.


Feb 7: SPSP–no class

Feb 14: 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.

Brocklebank, S., Pauls, S., Rockmore, D., & Bates, T. C. (2015). A spectral clustering approach to the structure of personality: Contrasting the FFM and HEXACO models. Journal of Research in Personality, 57, 100-109.

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.

Fowler, J. C., Patriquin, M. A., Madan, A., Allen, J. G., Frueh, B. C., & Oldham, J. M. (2017). Incremental validity of the PID‐5 in relation to the five factor model and traditional polythetic personality criteria of the DSM‐5. International journal of methods in psychiatric research26(2), e1526.

Hofstee, W. K., De Raad, B., & Goldberg, L. R. (1992). Integration of the big five and circumplex approaches to trait structure. Journal of personality and social psychology, 63(1), 146.

Andrei Ion, Dragos Iliescu, Said Aldhafri, Neeti Rana, Kattiya Ratanadilok, Ari Widyanti & Cătălin Nedelcea (2017) A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Personality Structure Through the Lens of the HEXACO Model, Journal of Personality Assessment, 99:1, 25-34, DOI: 10.1080/00223891.2016.1187155

Oliver P. John & Christopher J. Soto: Taxonomy of personality traits. In John, O. P., Robins, R. W., & Pervin, L. A. (Eds.), Handbook of Personality Theory and Research (pp. 114-158). New York: Guilford.

Krueger, R. F., & Markon, K. E. (2014). The role of the DSM-5 personality trait model in moving toward a quantitative and empirically based approach to classifying personality and psychopathology. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 10, 477-501.

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., Carlson, R., Sanogo, L., Ole‐Kotikash, L., … & Szirmák, Z. (2014). A basic bivariate structure of personality attributes evident across nine languages. Journal of Personality82(1), 1-14.

Shackman, A. J., Tromp, D. P., Stockbridge, M. D., Kaplan, C. M., Tillman, R. M., & Fox, A. S. (2016). Dispositional negativity: An integrative psychological and neurobiological perspective.

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.

Thalmayer, A. G., & Saucier, G. (2014). The Questionnaire Big Six in 26 Nations: Developing Cross‐Culturally Applicable Big Six, Big Five and Big Two Inventories. European Journal of Personality28(5), 482-496.

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.

Wood, D. (2015). Testing the lexical hypothesis: Are socially important traits more densely reflected in the English lexicon? Journal of personality and social psychology108(2), 317.


Feb 21: Motives/Interests

Anderson, C., Hildreth, J. A. D., & Howland, L. (2015). Is the desire for status a fundamental human motive? A review of the empirical literature.

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

Denzinger, F., Backes, S., Job, V., & Brandstätter, V. (2016). Age and gender differences in implicit motives. Journal of Research in Personality65, 52-61.

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.

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.

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.

Kriegbaum, K., & Spinath, B. (2016). Explaining social disparities in Mathematical achievement: The role of motivation. European Journal of Personality30(1), 45-63.

Prentice, M., Halusic, M., & Sheldon, K. M. (2014). Integrating Theories of Psychological Needs‐as‐Requirements and Psychological Needs‐as‐Motives: A Two Process Model. Social and Personality Psychology Compass,8(2), 73-85.

Schultheiss, O. C., Wiemers, U. S., & Wolf, O. T. (2014). Implicit need for achievement predicts attenuated cortisol responses to difficult tasks. Journal of Research in Personality, 48, 84-92.

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.

Slabbinck, H., De Houwer, J. and Van Kenhove, P. (2013), Convergent, Discriminant, and Incremental Validity of the Pictorial Attitude Implicit Association Test and the Picture Story Exercise as Measures of the Implicit Power Motive. Eur. J. Pers., 27: 30–38. doi:10.1002/per.1846

Nicolas Sommet (, Andrew Elliot (, & Ken Sheldon ( Motivation In John, O. P., Robins, R. W., & Pervin, L. A. (Eds.), Handbook of Personality Theory and Research (pp. 114-158). New York: Guilford.

Stoll, G., Rieger, S., Lütdke, O., Nagengast, B., Trautwein, U., Roberts, B.W. (in press). Vocational interests at the end of High School predict life outcomes assessed 10 years later over and above IQ and Big Five personality traits.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Su, R., & Rounds J. (in press). All STEM fields are not created equal: People and things interests explain gender disparities across STEM fields.  Frontiers in Psychology.


Feb 28:  Abilities (Briley)


Neisser, U., Boodoo, G., Bouchard Jr, T. J., Boykin, A. W., Brody, N., Ceci, S. J., … & Urbina, S. (1996). Intelligence: knowns and unknowns. American psychologist51(2), 77.


Recent Watson article:


Vox article by Turkheimer/Harden/Nisbett following Murray on Sam Harris podcast:

Lots of criticism of the vox article to choose from, but the response by THN might be more informative:
And a couple of blog posts by Turkheimer and Harden that go into more detail:



Card, D., & Giuliano, L. (2016). Universal screening increases the representation of low-income and minority students in gifted education. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences113(48), 13678-13683.

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.

Dickens, W. T., & Flynn, J. R. (2001). Heritability estimates versus large environmental effects: the IQ paradox resolved. Psychological review108(2), 346.

Engelhardt, L. E., Mann, F. D., Briley, D. A., Church, J. A., Harden, K. P., & Tucker-Drob, E. M. (2016). Strong genetic overlap between executive functions and intelligence.

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.

Van Der Maas, H. L., Dolan, C. V., Grasman, R. P., Wicherts, J. M., Huizenga, H. M., & Raijmakers, M. E. (2006). A dynamical model of general intelligence: the positive manifold of intelligence by mutualism. Psychological review113(4), 842.

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.

Tucker-Drob, E. M., Briley, D. A., & Harden, K. P. (2013). Genetic and environmental influences on cognition across development and context. Current Directions in Psychological Science22(5), 349-355.


March 7: Attachment (Fraley)

Fraley, R. C. (2019). Attachment in Adulthood: Recent Developments, Emerging Debates, and Future Directions. Annual review of psychology70, 401-422.

Fraley, R. C., & Shaver, P. R. (2017). Attachment theory and its place in contemporary personality research. In O. John, & R. W. Robins (Eds.), Handbook of Personality: Theory and Research (4th Edition). New York: Guilford Press. Chapter DRAFT under review.

Fraley, R. C., Roisman, G. I., Booth-LaForce, C., Owen, M. T., & Holland, A. S. (2013). Interpersonal and genetic origins of adult attachment styles: A longitudinal study from infancy to early adulthood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 8817-838.

Gallagher, H. C., Richardson, J., Forbes, D., Harms, L., Gibbs, L., Alkemade, N., … & Baker, E. (2016). Mental health following separation in a disaster: the role of attachment. Journal of Traumatic Stress29(1), 56-64.

Bartholomew, K., & Howrowitz, L. (1991). Attachment styles among young adults: A test of the four-category model. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 61, 226-245.

Noftle, E. E., & Shaver, P. R. (2006). Attachment dimensions and the big five personality traits: Associations and comparative ability to predict relationship quality. Journal of research in personality, 40(2), 179-208.



March 14: Class cancelled

March 21:  Spring Break


March 29″ Evolutionary personality

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.

Fiddick, L., Brase, G. L., Ho, A. T., Hiraishi, K., Honma, A., & Smith, A. (2016). Major personality traits and regulations of social behavior: Cheaters are not the same as the reckless, and you need to know who you’re dealing with. Journal of Research in Personality62, 6-18.

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.

Hawley, P. (2014). Ontogeny and Social Dominance: A Developmental View of Human Power Patterns.  Evolutionary Psychology, 12, 318-342.

Hengartner, M. P. (2017). The evolutionary life history model of externalizing personality: bridging human and animal personality science to connect ultimate and proximate mechanisms underlying aggressive dominance, hostility, and impulsive sensation seeking. Review of General Psychology, 21(4), 330-353.

Hutteman, R., Bleidorn, W., Penke, L., & Denissen, J. J. (2013). It takes two: A longitudinal dyadic study on predictors of fertility outcomes. Journal of personality, 81(5), 487-498.

Lukaszewski, A. W. (2013). Testing an adaptationist theory of trait covariation: Relative bargaining power as a common calibrator of an interpersonal syndrome. European Journal of Personality27(4), 328-345.

Lukaszewski, A. W., Gurven, M., von Rueden, C. R., & Schmitt, D. P. (2017). What explains personality covariation? A test of the socioecological complexity hypothesis. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8(8), 943-952.

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.

Penke, L., & Jokela, M. (2016). The evolutionary genetics of personality revisited. Current Opinion in Psychology7, 104-109.

Senner, N. R., Conklin, J. R., & Piersma, T. (2015, September). An ontogenetic perspective on individual differences. In Proc. R. Soc. B (Vol. 282, No. 1814, p. 20151050). The Royal Society.

Sherman, R. A., Figueredo, A. J., & Funder, D. C. (2013). The behavioral correlates of overall and distinctive life history strategy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105(5), 873-888.

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.

von Borell, C. J., Kordsmeyer, T. L., Gerlach, T. M., & Penke, L. (2019). An integrative study of facultative personality calibration. Evolution and Human Behavior, 40(2), 235-248.

von Rueden, C. R., Lukaszewski, A. W., & Gurven, M. (2015). Adaptive personality calibration in a human society: effects of embodied capital on prosocial traits. Behavioral Ecology26(4), 1071-1082.

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.


April 5: Personality and molecular genetics/causality (Derringer)

Benca, C. E., Derringer, J. L., Corley, R. P., Young, S. E., Keller, M. C., Hewitt, J. K., & Friedman, N. P. (2016). Predicting Cognitive Executive Functioning with Polygenic Risk Scores for Psychiatric Disorders. Behavior Genetics, 1-14.

Briley, D. A., Livengood, J., Derringer, J., Tucker-Drob, E. M., Fraley, R. C., & Roberts, B. W. (2018). Interpreting Behavior Genetic Models: Seven Developmental Processes to Understand. Behavior genetics, 1-15.

Briley, D. A., Livengood, J., & Derringer, J. (2018). Behaviour genetic frameworks of causal reasoning for personality psychology. European Journal of Personality32(3), 202-220.

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. (2011).  Behavior genetics and post genomics.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Derringer, J. (2018). Explaining heritable variance in human character. bioRxiv, 446518.

Derringer, J., Corley, R. P., Haberstick, B. C., Young, S. E., Demmitt, B. A., Howrigan, D. P., … & Brown, S. (2015). Genome-wide association study of behavioral disinhibition in a selected adolescent sample. Behavior genetics45(4), 375-381.

Derringer, J., Krueger, R.F. et al. (2010).  Predicting sensation seeking from dopamine genes: A candidate-system approach.  Psychological Science, 9, 1282-1290.

Derringer, J., Krueger, R.F., Dick, D.M., et al (2012).  The aggregate effect of dopamine genes on dependence symptoms among cocaine users: Cross-validation of a candidate system scoring approach.  Behavior Genetics, 42, 626-635.

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.

Okbay, A., Baselmans, B. M., De Neve, J. E., Turley, P., Nivard, M. G., Fontana, M. A., … & Gratten, J. (2016). Genetic variants associated with subjective well-being, depressive symptoms, and neuroticism identified through genome-wide analyses. Nature genetics.

Zwir, I., Arnedo, J., Del-Val, C., Pulkki-Råback, L., Konte, B., Yang, S. S., … & Svrakic, D. M. (2018). Uncovering the complex genetics of human temperament. Molecular psychiatry.

Zwir I, Arnedo J, Del-Val C, Pulkki-Raback L, Konte B, Yang SS et al. Uncovering the complex genetics of human character. Mol Psychiatry. (2018).

Zwir, I., Mishra, P., Del-Val, C., Gu, C. C., de Erausquin, G. A., Lehtimäki, T., & Cloninger, C. R. (2019). Uncovering the complex genetics of human personality: response from authors on the PGMRA Model. Molecular Psychiatry, 1.



April 12: Personality and Clinical Psychology (Ben Hankin)

Caspi, A., & Moffitt, T. E. (2018). All for one and one for all: Mental disorders in one dimension. American Journal of Psychiatry

Hankin, B.L., Snyder, H.R., Gulley, L.D., Schweizer, T.H., Bijttebier, P. Niels, S., Toh, G., & Vasey, M.W. (2016). Understanding comorbidity among internalizing problems: Integrating structural models of psychopathology and risk mechanisms. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 987-1012.

Hankin, B.L. (2012). Future directions in vulnerability to depression among youth: Integrating risks across multiple levels of analysis. Journal of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, 41, 695-718.

Hankin, B.L. (2019). A choose your own adventure story: Conceptualizing and assessing depression in children and adolescents from traditional DSM and alternative hierarchical dimensional approaches.  Behavior Therapy and Research.

Hengartner, M. P., Ajdacic-Gross, V., Wyss, C., Angst, J., & Rössler, W. (2016). Relationship between personality and psychopathology in a longitudinal community study: a test of the predisposition model. Psychological Medicine, 46(8), 1693-1705.

Kotov, R., Krueger, R. F., Watson, D., Achenbach, T. M., Althoff, R. R., Bagby, R. M., … & Eaton, N. R. (2017). The Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP): A dimensional alternative to traditional nosologies. Journal of abnormal psychology126(4), 454.

Kozak, M.J. & Cuthbert, B. N. (2016). The NIMH Research Domain Criteria Initiative: Background, Issues, and Pragmatics. Psychophysiology, 53, 286-297.

Snyder, H.R. Young, J.F. & Hankin, B.L. (2016). Strong homotypic continuity in common psychopathology, internalizing and externalizing factors across 18 months in adolescents. Clinical Psychological Science.


April 19: Personality development

Anusic, I., & Schimmack, U. (2016). Stability and change of personality traits, self-esteem, and well-being: Introducing the meta-analytic stability and change model of retest correlations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Bleidorn W. et al Longitudinal Experience-Wide Association Studies (LEWAS) – A framework for studying personality change. Under review

Caspi, A., Roberts, B.W., Shiner, R.  (2005).  Personality development.  Annual Review of Psychology, 56, 453-484.

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., 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. & 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.

Roberts, B.W., & Nickel, L. (2019?). Personality development across the life course: A Neo-Socioanalytic perspective.  In O.P. John, R.W. Robins, & L. A. Pervin (Eds.), Handbook of personality: theory and research (4th edition).  New York, NY: Guilford.

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.

Schwaba, T. & Bleidorn, W. (2018).  Individual differences in personality change across the adult lifespan.  Journal of Personality.

Specht, J., Bleidorn, W., Denissen, J. J., Hennecke, M., Hutteman, R., Kandler, C., … & Zimmermann, J. (2014). What drives adult personality development? A comparison of theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence. European Journal of Personality28(3), 216-230.


April 25: Personality Development, cont’d

Allemand, M., & Flückiger, C. (2017). Changing personality traits: Some considerations from psychotherapy process-outcome research for intervention efforts on intentional personality change. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration27(4), 476.

Bleidorn, W., Hopwood, C. J., & Lucas, R. E. (2018). Life events and personality trait change. Journal of Personality86(1), 83-96.

Chopik, W. J. (2018). Does personality change following spousal bereavement?. Journal of Research in Personality72, 10-21.

Chopik, W. J., & Kitayama, S. (2018). Personality change across the life span: Insights from a cross‐cultural, longitudinal study. Journal of personality86(3), 508-521.

Deventer, J., Lüdtke, O., Nagy, G., Retelsdorf, J., & Wagner, J. (2019). Against all odds–is a more differentiated view of personality development in emerging adulthood needed? The case of young apprentices. British Journal of Psychology110(1), 60-86.

Dowgwillo, E. A., Pincus, A. L., & Lenzenweger, M. F. (2018). A parallel process latent growth model of narcissistic personality disorder symptoms and normal personality traits. Personality disorders.

Hampson, S. E., & Edmonds, G. W. (2018). A new twist on old questions: A life span approach to the trait concept. Journal of personality86(1), 97-108.

Hoff, K. A., Song, Q., Einarsdóttir, S., Briley, D. A., & Rounds, J. (2019). Developmental structure of personality and interests: A four-wave, 8-year longitudinal study. Journal of personality and social psychology.

Hudson, N. W., Briley, D. A., Chopik, W. J., & Derringer, J. (2018). You have to follow through: Attaining behavioral change goals predicts volitional personality change. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Kazdin, A. E. (2018). Developing treatments for antisocial behavior among children: controlled trials and uncontrolled tribulations. Perspectives on psychological science13(5), 634-650.

Kopala-Sibley, D. C., Mongrain, M., & Zuroff, D. C. (2013). A lifespan perspective on dependency and self-criticism: Age-related differences from 18 to 59. Journal of Adult Development20(3), 126-141.

Kopala‐Sibley, D. C., Olino, T., Durbin, E., Dyson, M. W., & Klein, D. N. (2018). The Stability of Temperament from Early Childhood to Early Adolescence: A Multi‐method, Multi‐informant Examination. European journal of personality32(2), 128-145.

Kopala-Sibley, D. C., & Zuroff, D. C. (2014). The developmental origins of personality factors from the self-definitional and relatedness domains: A review of theory and research. Review of General Psychology18(3), 137-155.

Kornadt, A. E., Hagemeyer, B., Neyer, F. J., & Kandler, C. (2018). Sound body, sound mind? The interrelation between health change and personality change in old age. European Journal of Personality32(1), 30-45.

Miller, T. J., Baranski, E. N., Dunlop, W. L., & Ozer, D. J. (2019). Striving for Change: The Prevalence and Correlates of Personality Change Goals. Journal of Research in Personality.

Milojev, P., & Sibley, C. G. (2017). Normative personality trait development in adulthood: A 6-year cohort-sequential growth model. Journal of personality and social psychology112(3), 510.

Moreau, D., Macnamara, B. N., & Hambrick, D. Z. (2019). Overstating the role of environmental factors in success: A cautionary note. Current Directions in Psychological Science28(1), 28-33.

Mõttus, R., Briley, D. A., Zheng, A., Mann, F. D., Engelhardt, L. E., Tackett, J. L., … & Tucker-Drob, E. M. (2019). Kids becoming less alike: A behavioral genetic analysis of developmental increases in personality variance from childhood to adolescence. Journal of personality and social psychology.

Pusch, S., Mund, M., Hagemeyer, B., & Finn, C. (2018). Personality Development in Emerging and Young Adulthood: A Study of Age Differences. European Journal of Personality.

Stieger, M., Nißen, M., Rüegger, D., Kowatsch, T., Flückiger, C., & Allemand, M. (2018). PEACH, a smartphone-and conversational agent-based coaching intervention for intentional personality change: study protocol of a randomized, wait-list controlled trial. BMC psychology6(1), 43.

Stronge, S., Milojev, P., & Sibley, C. G. (2018). Are people becoming more entitled over time? Not in New Zealand. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin44(2), 200-213.

Trentacosta, C. J., Waller, R., Neiderhiser, J. M., Shaw, D. S., Natsuaki, M. N., Ganiban, J. M., … & Hyde, L. W. (2019). Callous-unemotional behaviors and harsh parenting: reciprocal associations across early childhood and moderation by inherited risk. Journal of abnormal child psychology47(5), 811-823.

Waller, R., Shaw, D. S., Neiderhiser, J. M., Ganiban, J. M., Natsuaki, M. N., Reiss, D., … & Hyde, L. W. (2017). Toward an understanding of the role of the environment in the development of early callous behavior. Journal of personality85(1), 90-103.