Methodological Advances in Differential Psychology

William Revelle*, Joshua Wilt, David M. Condon

*Corresponding author for this work

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Individual Differences
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages35
ISBN (Print)9781444334388
StatePublished - Mar 12 2013


  • Ability tests, measuring how well one can do - predictors of poor school performance, ability tests, as SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
  • Computer modeling - dynamics of action and its reparameterization as cues
  • Experimental studies, examining - causal relationship between environmental manipulations and individual performance
  • Human eye and brain, superb pattern detectors - using graphical displays, than numeric tables to help detect strange relationships in data
  • Methodological advances in differential psychology - goal of methods in differential psychology, descriptive and testable explanations of phenomena
  • Narrative approaches to individual differences - popular, researchers collecting data for assessing how people make sense of their lives
  • Observational studies, inferring latent states - on basis of covariance of various measures at one time, or patterning of results across time
  • Self-report through use of questionnaires - projective instruments, or narratives
  • Sir Francis Galton, credited with theory of correlation coefficient - paper on "co-relations and their measurement"
  • Structural equation modeling (SEM) - combining basic regression techniques with factor analysis modeling of measurement of variables

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  • Psychology(all)

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