Why, and precisely how, do we differ from one another? Does parenting affect children's abilities and personalities, or are they largely genetically determined? If personality and intelligence can be assessed, how exactly do psychometric tests work? And just how useful is the information they provide? Individual Differences offers an integrated and objective presentation of this fascinating field. At once accessible, engaging, and completely up-to-date, it covers the psychology of human personality, ability, mood, and motivation. The author shows how psychological texts can be used to measure individual differences, and provides sufficient background in psychometric theory (including factor analysis and item-response theory) to enable the reader to understand how psychological texts are constructed, evaluated, and used. Specifically designed for psychology students taking a course on personality or individual differences, the text contains self-assessment exercises (and answers) in each chapter. The result is a lively and illustrated introduction that provides a clear conceptual understanding of key issues in personality development.
About the Author
Colin Cooper is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Queen's University Belfast, UK.
Table of Contents
Section A: Theories of individual differences - Introduction to individual differences