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Module code:PSYC1203 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:The Psychology of Individual Differences
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Prof Paul Burgess
Organiser's location:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):1
Module prerequisites:First and second year modules are largely unavailable to non-Psychology students due to the number of students who take them as part of their programme. To find out if they are available to you please visit the website below, selecting the relevant information sheet.  
Module outline:This course outlines how people differ in terms of their personality and aptitudes, how we can measure these differences, and what the causes might be. Students are introduced to the subject as a specialised area of study within psychology, and the course examines a full range of theories, research and measurement techniques, and applied and research aspects of individual difference psychology. In particular, students are expected to be able to critically examine the nature versus nurture controversy in the development of individual differences. Students will study, compare, and evaluate major theoretical perspectives on personality and mental ability. The work of the most influential theorists representing the major "schools of thought" (or paradigms) in personality and ability will be examined. Relevant research evidence supporting or refuting the theoretical formulations will be reviewed, including recent evidence from the emerging field of cognitive neuroscience. Students will learn to appreciate the contributions and limitations of each individual difference paradigm, and how it has impacted on other areas of specialisation in psychology.  
Module aims:The course aims to provide an understanding of the causes and reasons for differences in behaviour and psychological abilities between people. Topics addressed are personality, intelligence and ability, measurement and test design, and environmental, genetic and biological influences. Students will be taught the historical context in which these influences are understood, as well as current thinking. They will also be taught issues in psychometric test design and analysis which will enable them to develop their own measures.  
Module objectives:The course will provide students with: - A firm knowledge of the range of influences that may determine individual differences in personality and ability. - An understanding of the scientific basis of individual differences, and of the different methods and approaches used in their exploration. - An understanding of the key theories and conceptual issues in the study of individual differences, both historical and current, and of the empirical evidence supporting them.  
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Module assessment:Unseen three hour written examination 100.00% 
Taking this module as an option?:No 
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