Personality Scale Response Latencies as Self-Schema Indicators: A New Look
2004 (English)In: The VII European Conference on Psychological Assessment: Malaga, Spain, April 1-4, 2004., 2004Conference paper (Other scientific)
In the present study (N = 156) we examined the relation between participants’ responses and response latencies to the Big Five personality inventory. Extending previous research, we examined whether the relation between participants’ response latencies (regarded as self-schema indicators) for items of a specific personality trait and their position on that trait is characterised by a linear or curvilinear (quadratic, cubic) trend. Polynomial regression analyses showed consistent support for a quadratic (curvilinear) relation between participants’ positions on the personality traits and their response latencies. Participants scoring high or low on a trait responded faster than those scoring around the mean. This pattern of results lends support to the notion that the relation between personality trait levels and response latencies is characterised by an inverted-U effect. The results are discussed in the light of previous research employing other approaches to examining the self-schema evidence. Further, the potential of using response latency (self-schema) data to improve precision in personality assessment and prediction is discussed.
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personality assessment, response time, Big Five
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-68469OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-68469DiVA: diva2:96380