If you’re interested in the (growing) link between personality research and neuroscience – that’s the way in which we are able to map specific areas of the brain in terms of personality traits – the link below is a good place to start. And if you’re reading this and thinking, you know, that sounds sort of interesting, you probably have your Amygdala to thank… Why? Click and find out.
- BBC Big Personality Test (Trait)
- Finding Potential Personality Test (Trait)
- Team Technology MMDI (Type)
- Keirsey Temperament Sorter (Type).
You will also find many more links to free tests and questionnaires on my website at:
PS: Strictly speaking personality tests aren’t ‘tests’, it would be more accurate to describe them as questionnaires, inventories or indicators – one of the reasons being that unlike tests there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers to the questions.
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Watch this video interview. The expert is Francesca Gino who is an Associate Professor at Harvard Business School.
It lasts just over 9 minutes.
This is really fascinating. In a recent study using MRI technology researchers have found evidence to support a connection between the ‘volumes’ of different parts of the brain and the Big Five personality factors. After controlling for age, sex, and overall size of brain they have found a link between Extraversion and the volume of the medial orbito-frontal cortex (the bit that deals with rewards); Neuroticism and areas that process threat, punishment and negative affect; Agreeableness and the parts that deal with information about the mental states of other people; and Conscientiousness and the lateral pre-frontal cortex (the bit involved in planning and the voluntary control of behaviour). There appeared to be no associations with Openness, which in some ways is even more interesting as there is anyway an ongoing debate about the interpretation of this factor. Putting aside chicken-and-egg arguments about how the relative volumes of different parts of the brain arise, are we looking at the dawn of a genuine ‘personality neuroscience’ and (brave) new ways of understanding what makes us who we are?
DeYoung, C.G., Hirsh, J.B., Shane, M.S., Papademetris, N.R. and Gray, J.R. (2010). Testing Predictions from Personality Neuroscience: Brain Structure and the Big Five. Psychological Science, 21(6), pp.820-828.