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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Task Contingent Units of Personality and Adaptive Performance

A research project of the School of Education.


The project aims to test a model of adaptive personality, to cross-validate the model in Italy, China and the United kingdom, and to develop and test a model for the modification and development of adaptive personality factors that enhance adaptive performance. Adaptive tasks differ from routine tasks in degrees of novelty, difficulty and uncertainty which require higher levels and different types of cognitive processing. Individuals who adapt their focus, emotions and exploratory activities in response to the changing cognitive demands of tasks are expected to outperform those with less adaptive personalities. Those with more adaptive personalities are expected to perform better on problem solving, learning, innovation and development activities.


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Task Contingent Units Of Personality And Adaptive Performance (£21291.98 from Australian Research Council)


Project Leader

Further information

For further information, please contact Dr Nadin Beckmann.