Psychology 371: Personality Research
Spring, 2012

last updated March 30, 2014

371 Spring, 2014 Outline:
Week Date Substantive Content
lecture notes
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Part I: Current Theories of Personality
Week 1 April 1 Introduction to the course (very large pdf)
3 approaches to personality psychology
Revelle, Wilt and Condon (2011) Individual differences and differential psychology: A brief history and prospect

Mischel, Annual Review, 2004
Revelle and Oehlberg (2008) Integrating experimental and observational personality research
Take the
Big 5 inventory

your scores are anonymous
April 3 Descriptive Taxonomies
Behavioral Taxonomies
the "Personality Coefficient"
Pervin: Personality taxonomies
John: The Big 5
Critique of Big 5 inventory
Week 2 April 7 The ABCD's of Personality
Causal Theories of approach and avoidance
Revelle, 2007 Experimental Techniques in Personality Research
Revelle, Condon and Wilt (2011) Methodological advances in differential psychology
April 9 Approach: Introversion/extraversion and Impulsivity
theories based upon Eysenck and Gray
Wilt and Revelle Extraversion (2009)
Smillie, Pickering and Jackson (2006) The new Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory: Implications for personality measurement. (must be using a NU account)
Revelle, Amaral and Turiff (1976)
Revelle, Humphreys, Simon and Gilliland (1980)
(optional: see Eysenck web page)
Week 3 April 14 Alternative approaches to I/E
I/E, arousal and performance
I/E and positive affect
I/E and within and between variability
Revelle, 1997 (impulsivity)
Rogers and Revelle, 1998
Fleeson, 2001,
Fleeson, Malanos, Achille, 2002
Canli, et al., (2002)
Wilt, Funkhouser & Revelle (2011)
Smillie et al, (in press)) <-- NEW
April 16Approach: Achievement Motivation
classical theory of risk preference (html)
(class notes pdf)
hierarchical models
Elliot and Thrash (2002)
Week 4 April 21 Achievement motivation and efficient performance
Dynamic models of motivation
Revelle, 1986 Atkinson festschrift
Revelle, 2009 The Cues Tendency Action (CTA) model
Elliot and McGregor (1999)
April 23 Avoidance: Anxiety
Anxiety and performance (pdf)
Elliot and McGregor (1999)
Wilt, Oehlberg, and Revelle (2011). Anxiety in personality
Informal preliminary proposal
help in literature searches (select the articles tab)
A guide to literature searches and writing an APA style paper
Avoid common writing errors
Week 5 April 28 Approach and Avoidance:
Personality, Motivation, and Performance
a theoretical proposal (pdf)
Atheory of personality, motivation, and cognition: (Revelle (1992)
Personality and changes in affect over time Gilboa & Revelle
Personality and affective processing (Rogers and Revelle, 1998)
Proposal requirements and
a guide to searching the literature Using Endnote or BibDesk to search the literature
Using Latex for writing APA style papers.
April 30 Midterm Study questions Midterm
Part 2: The Measurement of Personality
Week 6 May 5 Basic issues in measurement
problems of measurement
Methodological advances in differential psychology (Revelle, Condon and Wilt, 2011).
review of variance/covariance
Review old statistics notes
May 7 Fundamentals of reliabilty reliability notes (pdf) Research Proposal due
Week 7 May 12 Types of reliability and validity Item construction
May 14 Scale Construction choose projects (in class)
Week 8 May 14 Factor analysis
scale construction
Design project
May 19 Validity and decision making
Pitfalls in Research
Pitfalls (class notes)prq analysis
Part 3: Experimental Studies of Personality
Week 9 May 26 validity
May 28 Evolutionary perspectives
Personality and behavior genetics
Behavior genetics, intelligence, life span studies
McGue and Bouchard, Annual Review of Neuroscience, 1998
Bouchard, 2004
discussion of projects
Week 10: June 2 Using R to analyze personality data
Using R to score scales
Data analysis (by appointment)
June 11- Papers due, (optional) Final Exam (June 11)
Course and Teacher Evaluation (CTEC)

William Revelle
Revised April 8, 2012