Research on the role of personality in understanding individual differences in human behavior is a longstanding strength of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences that cuts across several areas. Each area has considerable individual faculty strengths related to specific aspects of personality processes. For example, the Clinical area is renowned for research on personality assessment and personality dysfunction, with TAMU ranked 6th in a recent Journal of Personality Assessment publication (Morey, 2010) quantifying U.S. university rankings in terms of their relative contributions to the assessment literature. Within the Social and Personality area, faculty have particular strengths related to the links between personality and situational contexts, including parenting, health behavior, and the experience of interpersonal rejection, as well as the relationship between personality and attachment theory. Within the I/O area, faculty have particular strengths related to the links between personality and employee behaviors, issues involved in the use of personality testing for personnel selection, the impact of personality on rating behavior, and the influence of personality on driving behaviors, vehicle crash involvement, and safety behavior. Within the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience area, faculty have particular interests in how personality affects reward processing and executive control during learning and decision-making, as well as how personality interacts with motivational factors such as performance pressure.
The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences does not offer a doctoral degree specifically in Personality and Individual Differences. Rather, students interested in personality would need to apply for admission into a particular graduate program and then develop a degree plan in conjunction with a faculty advisor or advisors that emphasizes research and training experiences in personality psychology.
Personality Processes. Personnel psychology; skill acquisition and decay; individual difference variables in complex processing tasks.
Diversity Science, Personality Processes, & Affective Science. Developmental psychology; emotional and biological risk factors for anxiety and psychopathology in early life.
Personality Processes. Clinical personality assessment; risk assessment; personality measurement in forensic and correctional settings; psychopathy, aggression, and violence risk.
Personality Processes. Existential psychology; meaning in life; authenticity.
Affective Science. Affect and motivation; cognitive processes related to drug and alcohol abuse; positive emotions as predictors of objective life outcomes.
Personality Processes. Emotion and cognition; forecasting; optimism.
Affective Science. Affective reactions and emotions when thinking about the future; decision making.
Personality Processes. Clinical assessment of personality and psychopathology; personality disorders.
Personality Processes. Individual differences; human resources practices; safety climate.
Personality Processes. Attachment theory; interpersonal relationships.
Personality Processes. True self; well-being; meaning in life.
Personality Processes & Affective Science. Willpower; emotion regulation; self-control, motivation, and behavior; ego defenses; individual differences in cognitive ability.
Personality Processes. Objective personality assessment; clinical assessment of couples and families.
Personality Processes. Existential psychology; personal identity and meaning.
Neuroscience & Personality Processes. Human learning and decision making across the lifespan; motivation and cognition.
Personality Processes. Knowledge formation; unconscious processing; cognitive modeling of decision making.