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The Generality of Personality Heritability: Big-Five Trait Heritability Predicts Response Time to Trait Items
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2010 (English)In: Journal of individual differences, ISSN 1614-0001, Vol. 31, no 4, 209-214 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The present research examined the relationship between heritability and response time for the Big Five personality facets in three samples of adults and adolescents. We predicted that the larger the heritability of a facet the faster is the response to the items of that facet. In support of our predictions, the results showed that heritability and response time were indeed negatively correlated. The effect size of the relationship was small but systematic and statistically significant across all samples. The findings underline the generality of personality heritability and highlight the link between heritability and behavioral indicators. The potential usefulness of both heritability estimates and response time in research on personality is discussed.

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2010. Vol. 31, no 4, 209-214 p.
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personality, heritability, Big Five, response time
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-51756DOI: 10.1027/1614-0001/a000029ISI: 000282270900005OAI: diva2:386009
authorCount :7Available from: 2011-01-12 Created: 2011-01-12 Last updated: 2011-01-21Bibliographically approved

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