Personality is more than reinforcement sensitivity

William R Revelle*, Joshua Wilt

*Corresponding author for this work

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Personality is the coherent patterning across time and space of Affect, Behaviour, Cognition and Desire (the ABCDs of personality). Smillie (this issue) shows the power of RST to address how we feel (Affect) and act (Behaviour) but ignores how we think (Cognition) and want (Desire). Reinforcement sensitivity theory (RST) needs to consider how cognitive framing and goal structures modify the basic approach and avoidance processes of human activity. Incorporating multilevel models of cognitive controls of affect and behaviour into RST has the potential to broaden its framework for applications to complex human endeavours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-409
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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