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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Stable, Dynamic and Contextual Units of Personality: an integrated perspective

22nd February 2018, 17:30 to 18:30, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre, Mountjoy, Professor Robert Wood (University of New South Wales)


Personality, along with intelligence, is one of the big ideas of psychology. For many people, scientists and lay, both constructs describe fixed characteristics. Personality traits, like stereotypes, are a set of labels that enable us to categorize, understand, explain and predict human behavior. But people change over time and they behave differently from one situation to the next, and labels that describe fixed characteristics do not do a very good job of explaining or predicting behavior. Personality explores the meaning of structure and process in the study of behavior, emotions and cognitions and the implications for the study of personality. An alternative view of personality is that of orderliness in the processes that underpin changes and variance in behavior, emotions and cognitions. Until recently, this view has been adopted in clinical case studies of individuals and developmental psychology. More recently, quantitative approaches have been used to study the patterns of orderliness in individual change and variations in behavior, emotions and cognitions by linking them to the properties of situations. An integrated perspective of personality that enables us to bring together these fixed, development and situational characteristics will be presented and the value this new approach might add to the accepted view of personality will be discussed.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Details about Professor Robert Wood


Map – The Calman Learning Centre is denoted as building number: 43.

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