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lead a research group focusing on the two research "superquestions" that each involve several subsidiary questions.What's the best way to understand personality variation?
* What is the most cross-culturally
generalizable structure of personality attributes?
* What is the best
(esp., valid) way to measure this structure?
* How do the dimensions in this
structure relate to the mindset affective-motivational ‘personality system’ of
* How does variation in personality relate to the situations a person one is in?
* How does variation in personality relate to biological tendencies, including the genome?
* What are the sources of
personality change (including sources related to beliefs and values)?
How do people vary, in ways that are especially consequential, in beliefs, values, and worldview?
* What is the
most cross-culturally generalizable structure for inter-individual variation in
belief and value systems?
* What kinds of values that have the largest effects on
patterns of behavior and emotion?
* Which patterns of beliefs and values are
associated with optimal human development, and which patterns encourage psychosocial
dysfunction (e.g., alienation, militant extremism, genocide)?
How are these patterns related to personality and to culture? (And do
they say anything about the relation between culture and personality?)
...One might plausibly think of beliefs, values, and worldview as part of the personality
The approach in my research group has been generally
“top-down” in the sense that we begin by (a) defining the most important dimensions
of dispositional variation and then (b) seek to identify the mechanisms that most
importantly account for that variation.
Much of my past work has been in
developing and refining dimensional models for personality (the Big Five, and upgrading
from the Big Five to a more comprehensive Big Six model) and beliefs and values
(dimensions of ‘isms’). And much of my research involves international
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