Causes and Consequences of Personality (PSYL10064)

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Causes and Consequences of Personality (PSYL10064)


The course offers advanced psychology students an opportunity to read, learn about, and discuss outstanding issues in the psychology of what makes people different.


Personality exerts powerful effects on work, play, love, and even longevity. These differences fall along a small set of dimensions and understanding these will give you insight into what makes others (and you) act as we do. The course will help you understand origins and impact of personality We will examine major theories and findings on why we behave as we do, and what personality predicts from income to crime to relationships.

Each week will explore a different aspect or level of personality. We will cover how personality exerts fundamentally impacts psychology and life course. Classes will consist of a mixture of lectures and group discussions.

Fridays 11:10 - 13:00
Semester 2, Block 3
7 George Square, Room S.1
Introduction to personality
7 George Square, Room S.1
18/01/2019 - 11:10am to 1:00pm
Facets of personality
What lies inside personality?
7 George Square, Room S.1
25/01/2019 - 11:10am to 1:00pm
How do values and beliefs affect behaviour?
7 George Square, Room S.1
01/02/2019 - 11:10am to 1:00pm
What is a good life?
7 George Square, Room S.1
08/02/2019 - 11:10am to 1:00pm
Self-control (impulse control)
Individual differences in work and life.
7 George Square, Room S.1
15/02/2019 - 11:10am to 1:00pm
Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Acquire a deep understanding of how personality affects life.
  2. Understand and critically evaluate current events and research using your knowledge of individual differences.

You will be expected to have read around the topics, and to have your own questions and ideas about the material.

Readings will be linked from the course page and complementary to the lectures. Examples include:

Haimovitz, K., & Dweck, C. S. (2016). What Predicts Children's Fixed and Growth Intelligence Mind-Sets? Not Their Parents' Views of Intelligence but Their Parents' Views of Failure. Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/0956797616639727

Tucker-Drob, E. M., & Bates, T. C. (2016). Large Cross-National Differences in Gene x Socioeconomic Status Interaction on Intelligence. Psychological Science, 27(2), 138-149. doi:10.1177/0956797615612727

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. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2015.05.003

Bates, T. C. (2015). The glass is half full and half empty: A population-representative twin study testing if optimism and pessimism are distinct systems. Journal of Positive Psychology, 10(6), 533-542. doi:10.1080/17439760.2015.1015155


Additional Information: 


100% examination (April/May diet, date TBC).