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Unformatted text preview: 11-6-08Contact Marina about my Mini Paper #1Personality Tests•Tests that attempt to analyze and identify a person’s traitsoAttempt to predict how people will act. oTwo main types:Self-report personality inventoryProjective tests Self-Report Personality Inventory•Asks people to answer series of questions about their characteristic behavior:oMay ask questions, have people indicate strength of agreement to statements, have people choose between 2 adjectives •Example: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)oMost widely usedoDeveloped to identify psychological disorders oMeasures 10 subscales Originally assumed people with certain disorders would score higher on one subscale. In reality, people with disorders score higher on more than one subscale. •Depression scores higher on other tests such as hypochondriac as well.oNot the best test to take as an everyday average people.Designed for people with psychological disorders. •Newer self-report personality tests:o16 PF test created by Cattell Assess 16 dimensions of personality oNEO Personality Inventory Measures the Big 5•Problems with self-report tests?oDeliberate deception: lying Can include a “lie scale” to catch deception •Rewritten questions to trick youoSocial Desirability bias:An unconscious desire to present self in most favorable wayCan lead to people unintentionally skewing answers oResponse sets:Tendency to respond to all questions in certain way regardless of what questions is asking “Reverse scoring” can help with this Projective Tests•Ask people to respond to vague, ambiguous stimuli in ways that are supposed to reveal their inner needs, feelings, and traitsoEx: how you tell the story about the pictureoEx1: The Rorschach inkblot technique Set of ten inkblots (ambiguous stimuli)Seeks to identify people’s inner feelings/traits by how they describe the blotsScoring is very complicated and subjective •5 different scoring techniques exist oEx2: Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)Pictures of various ambiguous scenes Asked to construct a story about what is going on in pictureSeeks to test identify inner feelings/traits based on the stories given...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2011 for the course PSYC 1101 taught by Professor Crystal during the Fall '08 term at UGA.
- Fall '08