An Introduction to Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence

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SAGE, Feb 25, 2017 - Psychology - 384 pages

The second edition of this popular textbook builds on the strengths of the first, continuing its reputation for clarity, accessibility, conceptual sophistication and panoramic coverage of personality and intelligence. The authorship team is enriched by the addition of two high-profile international scholars, Luke Smillie and John Song, whose expertise broadens and deepens the text.

New to this edition:

  • Chapters exploring the neurobiological, genetic and evolutionary foundations of personality; and emotion, motivation and personality processes
  • An enhanced coverage of personality disorders
  • A thoroughly revised and extended section on intelligence which now addresses cognitive abilities and their biological bases; the role of intelligence in everyday life; and emotional intelligence
  • A brand new companion website that includes a substantial test bank and lecture slides.

An Introduction to Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence, Second Edition is a key textbook for all psychology students on a personality or individual differences course.



Author biographies
SAGE companion website
The psychology of individual differences
Describing personality
What is Personality? 1 2 3 4 5 6 The concept of personality
Personality in psychology
What is a trait?
Part 1
A statistical digression
Part 2
Alternatives to the Big Five
Three factors or five?
How do models of basic traits advance the field?
Specific traits

Related concepts
Putting it together
Personality psychologys place in psychology
Overview of the book
Trait Psychology
Challenges to trait psychology 10 Do traits exist and do they matter?
Are trait dimensions culturally universal? Traits or types?
Do traits explain behaviour? Conclusions

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About the author (2017)

Luke Smillie is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at The University of Melbourne and director of the Personality Processes Lab. He received his PhD from the University of Queensland and completed postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of London. He has published over 50 articles on a range of topics in personality, including neurobiological and motivational accounts of individual differences, and the impact of personality on social behaviour. He is a consulting editor for the Journal of Research in Personality, and a member of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences.

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