Trait Taxonomies

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Trait Taxonomies Traits Eysenck’s Hierarchical Model Cattell’s Taxonomy
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Traits Words that describe traits, attributes of a person that are characteristic of a person. _____________________________________________________________________ _ Traits as Internal Causal Properties vs. Traits as Purely Descriptive Summaries
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Traits as Internal Causal Properties Traits are presumed to be internal in that individuals carry their desires, needs, and wants from one situation to next. ______________________________________________________________________ Traits can lie dormant in that capacities are present even when behaviors are not expressed. Scientific usefulness of viewing traits as causes of behavior lies in ruling out other causes.
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Traits as Purely Descriptive Summaries Traits as descriptive summaries of attributes of a person; no assumption about internality, nor is causality assumed. ____________________________________________________
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Starts with the notion that traits are categories of acts: Act nominations- Designed to identify which acts belong in which trait categories. Prototypicality judgements- Involves identifying which acts are most central or prototypical of each trait category. Monitoring act performance-
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2012 for the course PSYCH 2316 taught by Professor Michaelrose during the Spring '11 term at Collins.

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