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Identification Problems in Personality Psychology
Maastricht University.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
University of Chicago.
University of Chicago.
2011 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses and illustrates identification problems in personality psychology. The measures used by psychologists to infer traits are based on behaviors, broadly defined. These behaviors are produced from multiple traits interacting with incentives in situations. In general, measures are determined by these multiple traits and do not identify any particular trait unless incentives and other traits are controlled for. Using two data sets, we show, as an example, that substantial portions of the variance in achievement test scores and grades, which are often used as measures of cognition, are explained by personality variables.

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2011. , 21 p.
Swedish Institute for Social Research, ISSN 0283-8222 ; 5/2011
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55802OAI: diva2:406845
Available from: 2011-03-29 Created: 2011-03-28 Last updated: 2011-03-29Bibliographically approved

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