Sunday, 23 August 2015

University of Newcastle researchers present at the international meeting of the Society for the Study of Individual Differences, Ontario, Canada

Miles Bore and Don Munro from the School of Psychology, University of Newcastle, attended the conference of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID – linked to the journal Personality and Individual Differences) at University of Western Ontario, Canada, in late July. Miles presented a paper on his work with Amanda Boer on a new scale of trait subjective sexual arousal, and Don presented aspects of his 7-year study with Miles and David Powis on the predictive value of non-cognitive medical school selection measures with Hull York Medical School in England. Both papers were well received.

Two topics/issues dominated the conference: (1) Work on the “Dark Triad” of Narcissism, Psychopathy and Machiavellianism, together with a new construct of Everyday Sadism (making a ‘Dark Tetrad’), and (2) Strong criticisms of the prevailing “Big Five” trait model of personality, in favour of more complex measures and possibly a return to the theories and measures of several decades ago that have been relatively neglected while the Big 5 has held sway.