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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar - Understanding structure in human behavior, emotions and cognitions

8th January 2018, 13:00 to 14:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Professor Robert Wood (University of New South Wales)


Professor Wood explores the meaning of structure and process in the study of behavior, emotions and cognitions and the implications for the study of personality. The accepted view of personality is that of traits, where structure means invariance in individual responses across situations and time. An alternative view is that of orderliness in the processes that underpin behavior, emotions and cognitions. Until recently, this view has been adopted in clinical case studies of individuals. More recently, quantitative approaches have been used to study the patterns of orderliness in individual variations in behavior, emotions and cognitions by linking them to the properties of situations. This new approach raises some interesting questions for discussion. What do we mean by situations? How do we best model or represent the relationships between situations and responses? What value does this new approach add to the accepted view of personality? Can the new quantitative approaches be used to study the personality of historical figures?

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should register online in advance to reserve a place. Places will be confirmed within 48 hours of receipt (subject to availability).

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