720248 Special Topics in Basic Research A/B: Personality (development) across the life span: Stability and plasticity

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Special Topics in Basic Research A/B: Personality (development) across the life span: Stability and plasticity
VL 2
each semester

Knowing, understanding, analyzing, evaluating, and applying (knowledge on the) theories, models, and methods of studying the structures, processes, mechanisms, antecedents, correlates, outcomes, and trajectories of different types of personality (trait) development

This course focuses on the short-, medium-, and long-term stability and changeability (plasticity) of personality (traits). First, basic knowledge in personality and developmental psychology is deepened, and then  following questions, amongst others, are addressed: How stable is personality (across situations and time)? How do different personality traits develop over the life span? With which strategies and how strongly (and sustainably) can one influence, manage, and control one's own personality (trait) development? Who changes how much in which personality traits? What biological-genetic and environmental mechanisms (as well as their inter- or transactions) influence the ontogenesis and individual genesis of personality (traits)? What theories, models, and methods exist in psychological research to study personanality development?

Classroom (lecture), exercise parts, discussions, presentation of selected papers on specific topics by the students themselves.

One option can be selected by students: (1) Written exam, (2) Presentation (30-45 min) during the course, (3) written work (paper discussion).

Caspi, A., & Roberts, B.W. (2001). Personality development across the life course: The argument for change and continuity. Psychological Inquiry, 12, 49-66.
Costa, P.T. Jr., & McCrae, R.R. (1994). Set like plaster? Evidence for the stability of adult personality. In T.F. Heatherton & J.L. Weinberger (Eds.), Can personality change? (pp. 21-40). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Donnellan, M.B., & Robins, R.W. (2009). The development of personality across the lifespan. In P.J. Corr & G. Matthews (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of personality psychology (pp. 191-204). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Fraley, R. C., & Roberts, B. W. (2005). Patterns of continuity: A dynamic model of conceptualizing the stability of individual differences in psychological constructs across the life course. Psychological Review, 112, 60-74.
McAdams, D. P., & Olson, B. (2010). Personality development: Continuity and change over the life course. In S. Fiske, D. Schacter, and R. Sternberg (Eds.), Annual Review of Psychology (Vol. 61, pp. 517-542). Palo Alto, CA.
Roberts, B.W., & Caspi, A. (2003). The cumulative continuity model of personality development: Striking a balance between continuity and change in personality traits across the life course. In U. Staudinger & U. Lindenberger (Eds.), Understanding human development: Life span psychology in exchange with other disciplines (pp.183-214). Dodrecht: Kluwer.
Roberts, B. W., & Mroczek, D. (2008). Personality trait change in adulthood. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 31-35.
Roberts, B. W., Wood, D., & Caspi, A. (2010). The development of personality traits in adulthood. In O. P. John, R. W. Robins, & L. A. Pervi (Eds.), Handbook of personality: Theory and research (3rd ed., pp. 375-398). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
South, S. C., & Krueger, R. F. (2008). An interactionist perspective on genetic and environmental contributions to personality. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 929-948.

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Date Time Location
Thu 2014-11-27
12.00 - 14.30 SR 1 Psych SR 1 Psych Barrier-free
Fri 2014-11-28
10.00 - 17.00 Hörsaal 1, Josef-Moeller-Haus Hörsaal 1, Josef-Moeller-Haus Barrier-free
Thu 2014-12-04
12.00 - 14.30 SR 1 Psych SR 1 Psych Barrier-free
Fri 2014-12-05
10.00 - 17.00 SR 1 Psych SR 1 Psych Barrier-free
Thu 2014-12-11
12.00 - 14.30 SR 1 Psych SR 1 Psych Barrier-free
Fri 2014-12-12
10.00 - 17.00 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Fri 2015-01-09
16.15 - 17.30 SR 2 Psych SR 2 Psych Barrier-free Prüfung