2012 Meetings

Friday December 21: Is g an artefact of task complexity?

Question: Does anything in this study "cast into doubt tests that have been used to link cognitive ability to race, gender and class"?

Friday December 14: Association between emotion processing deficits and body dysmorphic disorder traits in general population.

  • Presenter: Anastasia Karagiannopoulou
  • References: Buhlmann, U., McNally, R. J., Etcoff, N. L., Tuschen-Caffier, B., & Wilhelm, S. (2004). Emotion recognition deficits in body dysmorphic disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 38(2), 201-206. (pdf)

Friday December 7: ISIR talk trial runs

Friday November 30th: Mechanisms of conscious and unconscious perception

Friday November 23rd: Social class and unethical behaviour: follow-up

  • Presenter: Marius Leckelt
  • Topic: Piff et al. PNAS replication
  • References: Piff, P. K., Stancato, D. M., Côté, S., Mendoza-Denton, R., & Keltner, D. (2012). Higher social class predicts increased unethical behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(11), 4086-4091. pdf

Friday November 16th: Is modern IQ is decreasing due to mutation load?

Friday November 2nd: Facial width-to-height ratio predicts dominance and status in the Brown Capuchin Monkey

Friday October 19th: Visit to The Living Links to Human Evolution Research Centre

Friday October 12th: Separating method factors and higher order traits of the Big Five

  • Presenter: Jason Major
  • Topic Page Higher Order Factors of Personality
  • Papers: Chang L, Connelly BS & Geeza AA. (2012). Separating method factors and higher order traits of the Big Five: a meta-analytic multitrait-multimethod approach. J Pers Soc Psychol, 102(2). 408-26. PMID.

Friday October 05: Autistic Traits in Normal Population

  • Presenter: Aja Louise Murray
  • Topic Page Autism
  • Papers: Lundstrom et al. (2012). Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autisticlike Traits - Similar Etiology in the Extreme End and the Normal Variation ARCH GEN PSYCHIATRY, 69(1). 46-52. pdf

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Friday September 21: What is Optimism?

  • Presenter: Caimei Liu
  • Topic Page Optimism
  • Papers: Carver, C. S., Scheier, M. F. and Segerstrom, S. C. (2010). Optimism. Clin Psychol Rev, 30. 879-889. doi. PMID.
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Friday September 14: Where Did Dominance Go in Humans?

  • Presenter: Alex Weiss
  • Topic Page Dominance
  • Papers: Lilienfeld, S. O., Waldman, I. D., Landfield, K., Watts, A. L., Rubenzer, S. and Faschingbauer, T. R. (2012). Fearless dominance and the U.S. presidency: Implications of psychopathic personality traits for successful and unsuccessful political leadership. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103. 489-505. PDF, doi, pmid.

Friday August 31: Farewell and Goldsmiths celebration for Sophie

  • Venue: The Greenmantle @ 6pm

Friday June 1: What should student's learn?

  • What are the most important topics for us to teach in personality, and what are the most important papers: Bring your top-10 lists.
  • Presenters: All

Friday May 18: Cooperation

  • Presenter: Tim Bates
  • Topic Page cooperation
  • Papers: Jensen, K. (2010). Punishment and spite, the dark side of cooperation. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 365. 2635-2650. doi. link. file

Friday May 11 2012: The predictive power of childhood intelligence on subjective well-being in adulthood

  • Presenter: Magda Chmiel
  • Papers Chmiel M, Brunner M, Martin R & Schalke D (2012). Revisiting the Structure of Subjective Well-Being in Middle-Aged Adults link pdf

Friday May 4 2012: Achievement independent of attainment

  • Presenter: Mark Adams
  • Paper: Haworth CMA, Asbury K, Dale PS, Plomin R (2011) Added Value Measures in Education Show Genetic as Well as Environmental Influence. PLoS ONE 6(2): e16006. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016006

Friday April 27: External event: Edinburgh Alliance for Complex Trait Genetics

  • Location: Prestonfield Room, John Macintyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls
  • Time: 9:00-17:00
  • Program includes talks on cognitive aging, psychosis, health, and evolutionary genetics. Email Josephine Pemperton to register to attend.

Friday April 20: Affective Disorder and Intelligence: A study conducted by our colleagues here in Edinburgh

  • Presenter Ana Maria Fernandez
  • Topic Page
  • Papers: C R Gale, G D Batty, A M McIntosh, D J Porteous, I J Deary and F Rasmussenref (3 April 2012) Is bipolar disorder more common in highly intelligent people? A cohort study of a million men. Molecular Psychiatry| doi:10.1038/mp.2012.26 url, pdf

Friday April 13: Third Component Causing Random Variability- of particular interest in Aging

Friday April 6: Good Friday

  • Presenter Jesus
  • Topic Page LoB

Friday March 30 th: Asking good questions in individual differences

Friday March 23: Ideas underlying MSc projects

  • Presenter: MSc stars
  • Papers: Send your key paper to Tim

Friday March 16: Are Higher social class people unethical?

Friday March 9: Smart Groups: A distributed social intelligence

  • Presenter: Tim Bates
  • Papers: Woolley, A. W., Chabris, C. F., Pentland, A., Hashmi, N. and Malone, T. W. (2010). Evidence for a collective intelligence factor in the performance of human groups. Science, 330. 686-688. doi. link.

Friday February 24: Personality and Type II Diabetes

  • Presenter: Iva Cukic
  • Topic: more to come…

Friday February 17: Who should you trust and help?

  • Presenter: Tim Bates
  • Papers: Feinberg, M., Willer, R. and Keltner, D. (2011). Flustered and faithful: Embarrassment as a signal of prosociality. J Pers Soc Psycholdoi. pubmed.

Friday February 10: Theory of Affect

Friday February 3: What is education good for?

  • Presenter: Stuart Ritchie and Tim Bates
  • Topic: Does education raise g, or just IQ?
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Friday January 27: Endophenotypes for major depression

Friday January 20: The structure of intelligence in Project Talent

Friday January 13: Personality Assessment in Snow Leopards