Individual Differences and Personality
By Colin Cooper
Routledge – 2010 – 416 pages
Colin Cooper's 'Individual Differences' has been a favourite among lecturers and students of differential psychology since it was published in 1997. It is unique in its comprehensive coverage of both personality theories and the methodological issues associated with personality and psychometric testing.
This new edition has been fully revised and expanded to include recent developments in the field. There is also a new chapter on Emotional Intelligence and expanded coverage of the Big 5 model of personality and positive psychology. Cooper also discusses influential new fields such as cognitive epidemiology and a new chapter on practical applications demonstrates how what has been learned can be applied to everyday life from recruitment to predicting whether psychopaths will reoffend.
The accompanying website provides comprehensive support for both students and lecturers, including MCQs, sample exam questions, PowerPoint presentations, revision flashcards, interactive glossary, and revision summaries.
An informative and enjoyable trip through personality and psychometrics, this book is essential reading for all students wishing to gain a broad understanding of this fascinating field.
'Colin Cooper's updated textbook is a joy to read. It cuts through the thicket of detail to explain important concepts in an easy-going style that students will appreciate…I shall be using this book in my undergraduate individual differences lectures and encourage other lecturers to do likewise.'
'This is the best available comprehensive introduction to differential psychology. It covers the topics, techniques and many of the tests in an accessible, authoritative and agreeable way."
1 Introduction to Individual Differences
Part I: Theories and applications
2 Kelly and Rogers
3 Freud and post-Freudians
4 Broad theories of personality
5 Emotional intelligence
6 Narrow personality traits
7 Biological and social models of personality
8 Structure and measurement of abilities
9 Ability processes
10 Personality and ability over the lifespan
11 Environmental and genetic determinants of personality
12 Mood and motivation
13 Applications of personality and ability testing
Part II: Methods
14 Measuring individual differences
15 Reliability and validity of psychological tests
16 Factor analysis
17 Performing and interpreting factor analyses
18 Constructing a test
19 Problems with tests
Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Queen's University, Belfast