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An Introduction to Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence


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SECTION 1 DESCRIBING PERSONALITY 1. What is Personality? 2. Trait Psychology 3. Personality Processes SECTION 2 EXPLAINING PERSONALITY 4. Psychoanalytic Approaches to Personality 5. Biological Approaches I: Evolution and Genetics 6. Biological Approaches II: Brain Structure and Function 7. Cognitive Approaches to Personality SECTION 3 APPLYING PERSONALITY 8. Personality Change and Development 9. The Assessment of Personality 10. Personality and Mental Disorder 11. Psychobiography and Life Narratives SECTION 4 INTELLIGENCE 12. Intelligence and Cognitive Abilities 13. Intelligence in Everyday Life 14. Emotional Intelligence

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Nick Haslam is Professor and Head of the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He received his PhD in clinical and social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City for several years before returning to Australia in 2002. Nick's academic interests span personality, social and clinical psychology. His research has explored the classification of mental disorders, the basic forms of social relationships, stigma, and the nature of dehumanization and other forms of prejudice. He is also interested in the psychology of morality and in refugee mental health. Nick has published over 200 scholarly articles and book chapters, and he also writes regularly for a general audience in outlets including The Conversation, The Guardian and The Washington Post. In addition to this volume he has published several other books, including Introduction to the Taxometric Method, Values and Vulnerabilities: The Ethics of Research with Refugees and Asylum Seekers, and most recently Psychology in the Bathroom, an only partly tongue-in-cheek study of the psychology of excretion. Nick is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and is currently President of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists. 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. John Song received his Ph.D. from Swinburne University, Australia in 2003. He worked as a lecturer in Australia before moving to the UK where he is currently a senior lecturer in psychology at De Montfort University. He teaches intelligence, personality, and research methods, and in 2016 he co-led a successful study and cultural-exposure trip for a group of psychology students to Taiwan to explore cross-cultural concepts around intelligence. He is also the programme leader of four undergraduate psychology programmes at De Montfort University. His research interests are in the field of individual differences. His Ph.D. research focused on brain electrical activity during completion of an intelligence test. Current interests include intelligence-related cognitive processes and also individual differences variables such morningness and creativity. He has published book chapters on topics such as intelligence, personality, and assessment, and in 2015 received the Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award at De Montfort University.


An insightful and thought provoking journey into the psychology of individual differences. If you have ever wondered about how people differ from each other, this text is for you! -- Shane Costello
This is an excellent introductory individual differences book. It encourages the reader to be analytical and critical in thinking about personality psychology and thus helps engender some of the skills that are central to higher education. -- Hilary Tait
This SAGE Foundations of Psychology textbook provides a superb introduction to the field of personality, intelligence and individual differences. Students will especially appreciate the quality of exposition that renders often difficult-to-grasp topics easy to understand, including importantly how they relate to the broader field of psychological science. -- Philip Corr

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