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and—here’s the big one—explicate both the breadth (what are the major theories?) and depth (what are the major research findings?) of what scientific psychology has to say about how each of us are similar to and different from every other human being on this planet.
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Text McAdams, D. P. (2009). The person: An introduction to the Science of Personality Psychology (5th ed.). New York: Wiley. ISBN-10: 9780470129135
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Evaluation Three 50-question multiple-choice exams (50 points each) The “Trait Wiki” assignment: a term paper with a twist (50 points) = 200 points total *Cumulative final exam for those who miss one of the three regular (non-cumulative) tests*
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Extra credit 1. Three extra questions per test from the book 2. Participation in research
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FAQs Can I take the cumulative final to replace a low exam grade? Can I skip the three regular exams and just take the final? I don’t quite understand a concept we covered in class, something from the book, or [any random psychology topic]. What should I do? What if my final point total is extremely close to the next course grade (e.g., 89.5%)? Will you round up? I missed a class because [any reason]—how can I get your lecture notes? Some slides that you used in class were left out of the file you posted to Sakai. How can I get these?
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A very brief history of personality Psychologists began taking the study of personality seriously in the 1930s Individuality is important and cohesive enough to warrant an entire field of scientific inquiry? Preposterous! The molecular elements of humanity are important (said 1920s psychologists). Psychology was nomothetic (general laws), until some American academics began to argue for an ideographic approach (unique elements)
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…but the true genesis is much older 400 BC (ish)
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Our place in the universe Since the dawn of recorded history, people have written about individual differences Theater Religious traditions The specific focus on our uniqueness blossomed in the “Renaissance Humanism” of the 16 th century
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A very brief history of personality A few historians have divided the history of the field into three separate periods.
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  • Spring '12
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  • Psychology, Science of Personality

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