Individual Differences

Research in Psychological Sciences at Purdue focuses on the ways in which individual differences (in both humans and animals) help to explain differences in behavior. Individual differences are studied in their own right, and as mediators and moderators of behavior.


The following faculty have research interest and expertise in the area of individual differences:

Sample Courses

PSY 34200 - Introduction To Psychology Of Personality

(Credit Hours: 3.00) This course integrates empirical studies (observational, correlational, experimental) with classical and current personality theories. Topics include the biological foundations of personality, self-esteem, extraversion, sex role orientation, authoritarianism, and personality disorders. Minimum competence is assumed in basic experimental design and correlations. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

PSY 66200 - Personality Theory

(Credit Hours: 3.00) Theory construction in the study of human behavior. Theoretical and methodological aspects of psychological science are surveyed in light of the form of explanation and empirical investigation which they promote. The focus is on personality-related study but all aspects of psychological science are considered. Permission of instructor required. Typically offered Fall.


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