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Neuroticism/intelligence/Ackerman: A broad factor of Neuroticism (which usually is considered to include broad Anxiety, Stress Reaction, Negative Affect or Negative Emotionality) shows consistent negative correlations with an array of both general and specific intellectual abilities (e.g., on the order of r = −.15 with general intelligence). Correlations between Neuroticism related traits and mathematical abilities are typically larger in magnitude than are correlations between Neuroticism and verbal abilities, though the differences are not large.
Theorists who have asserted that individuals who are neither too high nor too low on such traits are optimally adjusted (see e.g., Robinson 1989(1); though cf., Matthews 1985(2) for a differing view (personality traits/MatthewsVsRobinson), have hypothesized that linear correlations are not appropriate measures to assess the relationship between the personality traits and intellectual abilities.


1. Robinson, D. L. 1989. The neurophysiological bases of high IQ, International Journal of Neuroscience 46: 209–34
2. Matthews, G. 1985. The effects of extraversion and arousal on intelligence test performance, British Journal of Psychology 76: 479–93


Phillip L. Ackerman, “Personality and intelligence”, in: Corr, Ph. J. & Matthews, G. (eds.) 2009. The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press


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Ackerman, Phillip L.
Corr I
Philip J. Corr
Gerald Matthews
The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology New York 2009


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