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Module

PSY2004 : Individual Differences

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sinead Mullally
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To review the modern study of individual differences in psychology, with particular reference to:

(a)       validity and reliability in the measurement of individual differences;
(b)       the major theories of individual differences (especially the five factor model of personality and
theories of intelligence)
(c)       integrating correlational research with genetics and neurobiology
(d)       the relationships between individual differences, health and psychopathology
(e)       the broader comparative and evolutionary context within which individual variation should be studied

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics to be covered include:
The ‘big five’ personality dimensions and their correlates; Personality and health; Intelligence: controversies and measurement; Components of intelligence and their relationships to the big five; Emotional Intelligence and its relationship to general intelligence and the big five; Neurobiological underpinnings of individual differences; Methods for measuring individual differences; Developmental influences on personality and intelligence; Sex Differences; Behavioural and molecular genetics of individual differences; The stability of the individual across situations; Inter-individual variation in non-human species.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable