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An Introduction to Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence

An Introduction to Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence

Second Edition
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February 2017 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Second Edition of this popular textbook builds on the strengths of the first, continuing its reputation for clarity, accessibility, conceptual sophistication, and panoramic coverage of personality and intelligence. The authorship team is enriched by the addition of two high-profile international scholars, Luke Smillie and John Song, whose expertise broadens and deepens the text.
An Introduction to Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence, Second Edition is a key textbook for all psychology students on a personality or individual differences course.
1. What is Personality?
2. Trait Psychology
3. Personality Processes
4. Psychoanalytic Approaches to Personality
5. Biological Approaches I: Evolution and Genetics
6. Biological Approaches II: Brain Structure and Function
7. Cognitive Approaches to Personality
8. Personality Change and Development
9. The Assessment of Personality
10. Personality and Mental Disorder
11. Psychobiography and Life Narratives
12. Intelligence and Cognitive Abilities
13. Intelligence in Everyday Life
14. Emotional Intelligence


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An insightful and thought provoking journey into the psychology of individual differences.  If you have ever wondered about how people differ from each other, this text is for you!

Shane Costello
Monash University

This is an excellent introductory individual differences book.  It encourages the reader to be analytical and critical in thinking about personality psychology and thus helps engender some of the skills that are central to higher education.

Hilary Tait
Edinburgh Napier University

This SAGE Foundations of Psychology textbook provides a superb introduction to the field of personality, intelligence and individual differences. Students will especially appreciate the quality of exposition that renders often difficult-to-grasp topics easy to understand, including importantly how they relate to the broader field of psychological science.

Philip Corr
City, University of London

Gives very clear up-to-date information on both Intelligence and Individual Differences.

Mrs Liz Hall
Psychology, Petroc College
March 15, 2021

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 13: Intelligence in Everyday Life

Nick Haslam

Nick Haslam is Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He received his PhD in clinical and social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and previously taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Nick’s research interests include mental health, stigma, and dehumanization and he has published over 250 scholarly articles and book chapters on these and other topics.. In addition to this volume he has published several other books, including Introduction to the Taxometric Method, Values and Vulnerabilities: The Ethics of Research with Refugees and Asylum Seekers and Psychology in the... More About Author

Luke Smillie

Luke Smillie is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne and director of the Personality Processes Lab. He received his PhD from the University of Queensland and completed postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of London. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters on a range of topics in personality, including neurobiological and motivational accounts of individual differences, the correlates and consequences of extraversion and other basic traits, and the links between personality and social behaviour. He is an Associate Editor at both the Journal of Personality and the... More About Author

John Song

John Song received his Ph.D. from Swinburne University, Australia in 2003. He worked as a lecturer in Australia before moving to the UK where he is currently a senior lecturer in psychology at De Montfort University. He teaches intelligence, personality, and research methods, and in 2016 he co-led a successful study and cultural-exposure trip for a group of psychology students to Taiwan to explore cross-cultural concepts around intelligence. He is also the programme leader of four undergraduate psychology programmes at De Montfort University.  His research interests are in the field of individual differences.  His Ph.D. research... More About Author