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Overview of Selected Theoretical Work: personality as a scientific discipline the Systems Framework for personalitypersonal intelligence emotional intelligence ethical commentary on the personality of public figures

Psychological Measures and Procedures: scales of mood,• mood-congruent judgment,• empathy, • meta-experience of mood, • personal intelligence emotional intelligenceintellectual experience • and experimental procedures

Other Resources: links to documents, video and websites on personalityUNH Department of Psychology (New Window)

Links to Other Resources in Personality Psychology


  • Resources about key parts, functions, and dynamics of personality
  • Resources about personality organization
  • Links to general sites about personality psychology
  • Links to other personality laboratories
  • Links to media about the lab and lab members
  • Other sites by lab members


Resources About Key Parts, Functions

and Dynamics of Personality

Please note: The sites below are neither a thorough or systematic search of the web. Rather, they are sites that we list as we come across them. They are listed according to the four areas of the system set:

With another section on development

Energy Development (Motives and Emotions)

Classic articles: Gordon Allport. This web site contains a classic 1937 paper by Gordon Allport on motives, which influenced much thinking in the field.http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Allport/autonomy.htm

Maslow's hierarchy of needs. In Maslow's hiearchy of needs, each need can be viewed a single part of personality. The hiearchy itself suggests that needs can be arranged from those which must be satisfied most urgently to needs that emerge only later.http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Maslow/motivation.htm

Knowledge Guidance (Knowledge Structures and Intelligence)

Reasoning and Biases. A remarkable site with lots of information about learning, intelligences, and leadership, with an eye to what is useful to apply.http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/awc-thkg.htm

Carl Jung and Mandalas. Carl Jung and mandala symbols; the second site has some particularly pretty mandalas.http://www.netreach.net/~nhojem/jung.htm and http://www.crystalinks.com/mandala.html

Intelligences and Multiple Intelligences. This web site, begun by Professor Jonathan Plucker, provides a variety of contemporary looks at the field of intelligence. http://www.indiana.edu/~intell/index.shtml

Creativity The creativity studies program at Buffalo State. http://www.buffalostate.edu/centers/creativity/General/Why_study.html

Triarchic Theory of Intelligence. Brief summaries of a number of theories of learning and intelligence. For example, see the description of Robert Sternberg's Triarchic Theory.http://www.instructionaldesign.org/theories/triarchic-theory.htm

Emotional Intelligence. This lab's website on emotional intelligence.http://www.unh.edu/emotional_intelligence

Emotional Intelligence [Audio interview: 54 min.]. Peter Salovey, John D. Mayer, David R. Caruso, interviewed by Chuck Wolfe on PRX, Summer 2012. https://www.prx.org/pieces/78669-emotional-intelligence-and-leadership-the-pioneer

Dan Gilbert: Making the right choices in everyday life (2005 TED talk on happiness/released 2008). [Video: 23 minutes] Host: Dan Gilbert (Harvard University/TED talk). Time 34 min.. A discussion of Benoulli’s theorem of expected value and payoff rates (opening) versus problems of availability heuristic, problem of shifting comparisons and other flaws in reasoning. Forecasting – shifting comparisons over time. Link is to blogspot. Theme: We need to rise to the occasion of making better decisions now that we live longer and in a more complex world. Best version: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_researches_happiness.html

Action Implementation (Social Skills and Roles)


Executive Control (see Dynamics of Self Control)


Dynamics of Self Control

Self Determination Theory. This web page provides details on self-determination theory. One key aspect to action in self-control involves the feeling of whether one is generating one's own behavior -- whether it is self-determined -- or whether one's acts are determined. Key researchers in the area of self-determination are Edward Deci, Richard Ryan, and their colleagues. by outside forces (e.g., one's parents, or one's general situation).Self-Determination Theory

Defense Mechanisms. A list of defense mechanisms and their definitions. http://www.planetpsych.com/zPsychology_101/defense_mechanisms.htm

Defense Mechanisms. John Suler, Ph.D., maintains an excellent web page on teaching clinical psychology. As part of those pages he maintains descriptions of defense mechanisms, illustrated here.http://users.rider.edu/~suler/defenses.html


Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Growth. Host:  Rory Lees-Oakes  Time: 12:02   Coverage: Erik Erikson’s 8 stages of growth (12 min. lecture). Provides a general introduction and then briefly discusses each of the stages in turn. Other notes: NA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=577GqQDMX08&feature=related

Models of Personality

Kismet, Scolded [Video, < 1 min] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GkI374ZkM4&NR=1

Person Perception

Sam Gosling on his "Room with a cue" research [Video: 8 minutes] -- Scroll down a bit to find a video interview with Prof. Sam Gosling regarding perceiving people through their spaces, with mentions of his other research http://www.onlinepsychologydegrees.com/specialty/social-psychology

Resources about Personality Organization

The Big Five, again -- The International Personality Item Pool site is one of the most important regarding the Big Five. It is, however, a bit more technical than the above two. It is also a very authoritative site and worth visiting for anyone in the discipline.

Eysenck's PEN Model -- Scott Acton's site on Eysenck's PEN model is one of the most comprehensive. It is part of his broader site on personality research.

Personality and Personality-Related Web Sites

The Personality Project

William Revelle, of Northwester University, maintains this site, which represents many of his specific interests in personality and personality measurement. In 2012, the site had features on personality-related aritcles in Psychological Science, a section on using the programming language "R" in personality research, advice to students, and similar special topics. Site address: http://www.personality-project.org/

Great Ideas in Personality

This site was developed by Scott Acton and was a full-featured and general site that was updated through 2006, with information both on the latest psychological research to that time, and incisive commentary on personality theory. Site address: http://www.personalityresearch.org/

The Social Psychology Network

Although chiefly focused on social psychology, the Social Psychology Network, maintains information on personality psychology as well. Its personality coverage can be found at: http://www.socialpsychology.org/person.htm

The Association for Research in Personality

This is the key American association for academic psychologists whose research area is in personality psychology. Site address: http://www.personality-arp.org/

The European Association of Personality Psychology

There is a great deal of activity in personality research in Europe. You can find out more at: http://www.eapp.org/

The International Society for the Study of Individual Differences

The International Society has links to information on personality psychology and personality-related research. Its website is: http://www.issid.org/links/default.html

Links to Other Personality Laboratories

"Research Labs"

On the Personality Project website. Site address: http://www.personality-project.org/labs.html

"Links to other Personality Labs"

Professor Phillip Corr at the University of East Anglia. Site address: http://www.ueapsychology.net/links-to-other-personality-labs-pg82.html

Laboratory of Personality and Psychopathology

Professor Drew Westen at Emory University. Site address: http://www.psychsystems.net/

Personality, Self, and Emotion Laboratory

Professor Richard W. Robins at the University of California, Davis. Site address: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/labs/robins/PWT/index.cfm

Penn State Personality Psychology Laboratory

Professor Aaron L. Pincus at Penn State. Site address: http://psupersonalitylab.weebly.com/

Berkeley Personality Lab

Professor Oliver P. John. Site address: http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~johnlab/

DeYoung Pesonality Lab

Professor Colin DeYoung at the University of Minnesota. Site address: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~cdeyoung/DeYoung_Personality_Lab.htm

Personality and Self-Knowledge Lab

Professor Simone Vazire at Washington University. Site address: http://www.simine.com/Lab/

Gosling Lab

Professor Samuel Gosling, University of Texas at Austin. Site address


Riverside Accuracy Project

Professor David Funder at University of California, Riverside. Site address: http://www.rap.ucr.edu/

Other Sites by Lab Members

The Personality System (Mayer's textbook website)

The Elements of Mental Tests (Mayer's measurement book site)


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