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An Introduction to Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence

An Introduction to Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence

Third Edition
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July 2022 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What does it mean to have a personality? Is emotional intelligence a kind of intelligence?

Learn the answers to these questions, as well as everything you need to know about personality, intelligence, and individual differences in the third edition of this clear and accessible textbook. From natural selection to intelligence tests, and from personality disorders to the concept of IQ, the panoramic coverage of this field makes this textbook essential reading for any psychology student on a personality and individual differences course.

New to this edition:

·         Increased coverage of intelligence

·         ‘Key Theorists’ feature

·         Discussion questions moved to end-of-chapter to enable in-text assessment

Nick Haslam is Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Luke Smillie is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne and director of the Personality Processes Lab.

Section 1: Describing Personality
Chapter 1: What is Personality?
Chapter 2: Trait Psychology
Chapter 3: Personality Processes
Section 2: Explaining Personality
Chapter 4: Psychoanalytic Approaches to Personality
Chapter 5: Biological Approaches Part 1: Evolution and Genetics
Chapter 6: Biological Approaches Part 2: Brain Structure and Function
Chapter 7: Cognitive Approaches to Personality and their Precursors
Section 3: Applying Personality
Chapter 8: Personality Change and Development
Chapter 9: The Assessment of Personality
Chapter 10: Personality and Mental Disorder
Chapter 11: Psychobiography and Life Narratives
Section 4: Intelligence
Chapter 12: Intelligence and Cognitive Abilities
Chapter 13: Intelligence in Everyday Life
Chapter 14: Emotional Intelligence


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Key features
  • Chapters exploring the neurobiological, genetic, and evolutionary foundations of personality; and emotion, motivation, and personality processes        
  • An enhanced coverage of personality disorders        
  • 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 new companion website that includes a substantial test bank and lecture slides

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