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Personality and Individual Differences
Wednesdays 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Mary Beth McGavran, Ph.D.
Kastle Hall 112
Hours: Tuesdays 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., drop-in, or by appointment
- 1/17/06: Don't
forget to print out the slides before you come to class this week.
We will be using the "measurement of personality" and "research
design" slides found below. You can choose several formats to
print the slides under the print option in PowerPoint Viewer. Choose
"Print What" in the print dialogue box.
- 2/10/06: You will find the exam scores posted
in the last section of this website, at the bottom. As
a reminder, you will find your ID# shortened to the last 5 digits.
You will have an opportunity to review the exam in class next
- 2/20/06: I have
to cancel my office hours on Tuesday of this week. I need to
fill in for another faculty member at that time. If you need to
see me, please schedule an alternative time. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Don't forget to take the Myers-Briggs type test, based somewhat
loosely on Jung's theory of personality. You can find the link
- 3/10/06: I have posted the
exam grades and the extra credit information at the bottom of the website.
You can add the extra credit onto any exam score. We may
have up to 5 extra credit points this semester. Have a relaxing
and safe spring break.
- 3/21/06: I am posting an additional
slide for our Wed. class. It is a follow-up to one of the biology
topics, and I will discuss the information this week during class. You
will find the slide in the third section above humanistic approaches.
Also, please remember that registration for
classes is coming up March 27th - April 17th for Summer and Fall 2006.
Students who have more than 60 hours should see Jenny Darden in Kastle
Hall for advising and to have their hold lifted. Students with fewer
hours go to Arts & Sciences for advising. I highly recommend
that you use APEX to determine what courses you still need before your advising
appointment. See www.uky.edu/DegreeAudit
- 3/23/06: I have been filling
in for the other 313 class while a professor is out, and I am posting
some information at the bottom of this page for that class. If
you are in my regular Wednesday night Personality class, you do not need
to worry about the info. posted at the bottom of the page. It should
be clearly marked. Because I am filling in for Dr. Smith and his
class meets on Tuesday afternoons, I will need to cancel my office hours
for the next two weeks. Please stop in at a different time or email
to arrange a specific time. Sorry for the inconvenience.
- 3/28/06: There will be a colloquium
of interest to personality students by Dr. David Buss. The title
of his talk is "Sexual Conflict in Human Mating." It is sure
to be a lively and interesting talk related to topics that we discussed
earlier this semester. Come and see for yourself what you think.
It will be Tuesday April 4th at 3 p.m. in the Young Library auditorium.
- 4/07/06: I am posting information
for Dr. Smith's class at the bottom of this website. My Wed. night
class will continue as planned on the syllabus. For my Wed. night class,
the syllabus lists the topics as "Issues, applications, integrations" for
next week's Wed. night class. We will be finishing up the social-cognitive
slides, and then we will use the Kelly's cognitive theory slides and the
self-schema slides if time.
- 4/13/06: Reminder that exam #3 will
be next week. After that exam, I will post all of your grades including
the extra credit. This information will allow you to calculate whether
you want to take the comprehensive final exam. The exam can only
help your grade; it will not hurt you.
- 4/13/06: Dr. Smith's class: your
exam grades to date are posted at the bottom of this website.
- 4/20/06: I have
your grades posted below. You can check to see whether it will be worthwhile
to take the comprehensive final exam.
**Please note: slides
from class can be downloaded from links
below. Having these slides is NOT a substitute
for coming to class. These are
provided as an aid to taking notes and learning
the material. You will find it helpful to print
these out before class to provide an outline of
the material. You will need Microsoft Powerpoint (available
on most computer lab computers) and/or Microsoft Word to
access these files. Once you have downloaded
the files, you are welcome to edit the overheads into
whatever format is most convenient for you.
You can download PowerPoint
Viewer for free and will be able to view and print the slides
used in class from your home computer. Also, if you have
Microsoft Office, you may already have Powerpoint on your computer--check
under the start menu, then Microsoft Office. Click here to download
PowerPoint Viewer. You will need to search
for "PowerPoint Viewer" and then follow the directions.
Overheads used in class for Exam #1:
1. Personality: Theories
Chapter 1: introduction to
Chapter 2: scientific
study of personality
part 1: measurement of personality
part 2: research
2. Trait Theories
part 1: Intro., Allport,
part 2: Five Factor Model,
additional slides from this section
of Personality -- Links
Take the short color
quiz and receive a personality profile. How
does this personality instrument rate
in terms of scientific soundness? Consider
reliability, validity, and empirical evidence.
is a link to a personality test called the
IPIP-NEO. This test is designed to measure
the Five Factor Model of Personality.
There are two versions of the IPIP-NEO, a short
version containing 120 items and a long
version containing 300 items. Which version
would you expect to have better reliabilty?
Notice the format of the questions. What
are the advantages and disadvantages of this type
- Take the test--you
will get a detailed print out of how
you score on the five factors and the facets
in each factor. It would probably
best if you took the test before we discuss this
material in class.
to Trait Theorists
used in class for Exam #2:
approaches to personality
Chapter 3: Freud
Chapter 4: Neo-analytic theorists
and modern applications
Adler, attachment theory)
excellent link: a
summary of psychoanalystic themes
a great summary of Freud's
psychosexual stages of devlopment:
**You won't be sorry that
you reviewed the above links--a clear and
thorough review of the material!**
Carl Jung's typologies:
- another link if you want to see how the
results compare. It uses a different method of assessment
(it doesn't take long). - http://haleonline.com/psych/
Do your results
2. Biological approaches to personality
Chapter 5: genetics,
temperament, evolution, BIS/BAS, hormones
part 1 slides
part 2 slides
Overheads used in
class for exam #3:
follow-up to biological material
1. Humanistic Approaches to personality
Cognitive and social-cognitive
approaches to personality
9: Rogers, Maslow, self, assessment techniques,
research and applications
- Social-cognitive ideas
(Chapter 7& 10):
locus of control, explanatory
style, Bandura's observational learning
- Mischel, interactions
between people and situations, behavioral
Behaviorist and Learning approaches
Chapter 6: classical
and operant conditioning, applications, behavior
page of learning approach
Links of interest:
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is the leading researcher
in the area of flow. He describes
flow as "being completely involved in an
activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time
flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably
from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole
being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."
to learn more about characteristics of
"flow." After reading the characteristics,
what do you think about becoming immersed in a book
or movie--do those fit the idea of flow?
Review questions for the
comprehensive final. In addition to knowing
the major points and research about each theory that
we discussed in class, you will also need to be able to
compare and contrast the approaches that we discussed. See
questions 15, 16, and 17 on the study guide for help in this
endeavor. You may also find it helpful to review the
chart in the front cover of your book.
In order to find your score, check under
your shortened student ID #: I have dropped
the first four numbers of your student ID number. You
will see the remaining five numbers of your student
ID. In the rare occassion that the remaining 5 numbers
begins with a zero, it has been dropped (by the Excel program)
and you will only see four numbers.
Exam Grades: link to exam#1
45 - 50 = A (27% of class)
40 - 44 = B (43% of class)
35 - 39 = C (14% of class)
30 - 34 = D (14% of class below
below 30 = E
exam#2 scores for my Wednesday night class (has all
grades to this point, including extra credit) Grading scale for
this exam is same as above. Mean of this exam was 38.
The following link contains your exam#3 scores
and all of the extra credit to date:
- Please note that I have not yet received the extra credit from
Jamieson Duvall for the alcohol study; if you participated in that study
AND you are missing an extra credit point, you can add one point to your
total (to be confirmed when I receive the extra credit participation points
from him). If you turned in the alternative paper, you should see
credit reflected in one of your missing extra credit places. Just a
reminder that you can receive a MAXIMUM of 5 extra credit points. You
cannot receive more than 5 points extra credit.
- If you are just a few points away from the next higher grade,
you might find it helpful to take the final exam. The number of points
away from the next higher grade is the number of points you would need to
score higher than your lowest exam score. See the syllabus and consult
me if you are having trouble figuring this out.
Information for Dr. Greg Smith's
Tuesday/Thursday 313 class only
Exam #2 grades for Dr. Smith's 313
Extra credit information, as announced in class on March
A reminder that class will be canceled on Thursday March
30th. I need to attend a lab during that time.
- You will have the opportunity for up to 4 points of extra
- You can receive 2 points for participating in the alcohol
study that was announced during class (you must be 21 years of age and
not be pregnant). It will take about 40 minutes. The alternative to this
opportunity is to find a scholarly research article and summarize it in
one paragraph. You can find appropriate articles in the Journal of
Personality, Journal of Research in Personality, or Journal of Personality
and Social Psychology. The final due date for the written summary
is April 20th at 3:30. Written extra credit summaries will not be
accepted after that date. You are welcome to turn them in earlier.
Do not plagiarize when writing your summary.
- You can receive 2 points for participating in an in-class
assignment. You will need to be in class, participate and write
your response, and turn it in. You can only make up this assignment
(its extra credit) if you have an excused absence with appropriate documentation.
04/07/06: The contact information for
the extra credit alcohol study is Jamieson Duvall and his email address
about exam #3: and exam #4: as announced in class, exam 3
will cover chapters 3 and 11 but NOT chapter 6. We will move Chapter
6 to the next section. Please note that Chapter 6 (Humanistic/Phenomenological
Approaches) will be covered in the last section of the course and will be
tested on exam #4 rather than exam #3.
04/13/06: Link to all exams
to date, including exam #3. A reminder that if you want to do
the extra credit, the last day to turn it in is April 20th at 3:30. I
will not accept any extra credit assignments after that time. I will
post all extra credit grades online the last week of classes.
Slides for theories of intelligence
04/27/06: Link to all grades to
date, including extra credit. The last exam is Friday, May 5th at
04/28/06: Update link to all grades
to date, including extra credit. Please check this file because
I had a stack of extra credit papers on my desk that I missed. I have
now read and recorded those. You should see the extra credit here. Thanks
to those who emailed me.