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Behavioral Genetics on Extraversion - Dictionary of Arguments

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Extraversion/Behavioral Genetics/Munafò: A (…) major dimension of current theories of human personality reflects approach-related (or positive emotionality) traits which, broadly defined, encompasses novelty-seeking, sensation-seeking, extraversion and impulsivity traits. Extraversion, as measured using the NEO family of instruments (Costa and McCrae 1997)(1) or those derived from Eysenck’s personality taxonomy (Eysenck and Eysenck 1975)(2), reflects gregariousness, sensation-seeking and high levels of activity. Novelty-seeking, as in questionnaires derived from Cloninger’s theory of personality and temperament (Cloninger 1986)(3), reflects sensitivity to novelty and signals of reward. As with Neuroticism and harm avoidance, while Extraversion and novelty-seeking are not identical constructs, they are thought to be intercorrelated (Doyle, Faraone, Seidman et al. 2005)(4), and may both reflect individual differences in different facets of a common underlying neurobiological motivational mechanism.



1. Costa, P. T., Jr and McCrae, R. R. 1997: Stability and change in personality assessment: the revised NEO Personality Inventory in the year 2000, Journal of Personality Assessment 68: 86–94
2. Eysenck, H. J. and Eysenck, S. B. G. 1975. Manual of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire. London: Hodder and Stoughton
3. Cloninger, C. R. 1986. A unified biosocial theory of personality and its role in the development of anxiety states, Psychiatric Developments 4: 167–226
4. Doyle, A. E., Faraone, S. V., Seidman, L. J., Willcutt, E. G., Nigg, J. T., Waldman, I. D. et al. 2005: Are endophenotypes based on measures of executive functions useful for molecular genetic studies of ADHD?, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 46: 774-803



Marcus R. Munafò,“Behavioural genetics: from variance to DNA“, in: Corr, Ph. J. & Matthews, G. (eds.)2009. The Cambridge handbook of Personality Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press


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Behavioral Genetics
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Philip J. Corr
Gerald Matthews
The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology New York 2009

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Philip J. Corr (Ed.)
Personality and Individual Differences - Revisiting the classical studies Singapore, Washington DC, Melbourne 2018


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