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Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics

The graduate program in Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics (PIB) aims to train behavioral scientists interested in understanding the nature, origins, and consequences of individual differences in behavior. Graduates of the program typically take positions in academia or at applied research institutes. The PIB program reflects the long tradition of personality, individual differences, and behavioral genetic research at Minnesota.

A wide range of individual differences constructs is considered within the program including cognitive abilities, temperament, motives, character, expressive and social behavior, psychological interests, social attitudes, academic achievement, and mental disorders. The individual differences component of the program emphasizes broad training in the methods and findings of individual differences psychology.

The personality component of the program emphasizes methods of personality measurement and assessment, the nature and origins of individual differences in personality, and the impact of personality on a broad array of important real-life outcomes including social functioning, work performance, and psychological illness. The behavioral genetic component of the program emphasizes the use of behavioral genetic methodology to characterize the interplay of genetic and environmental factors in the development of individual differences.

Throughout, the importance of individual differences in both applied and basic research settings is stressed. Thus conceived, individual difference methodology and findings have broad implications for cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, gerontologists, clinical psychologists, evolutionary psychologists, counseling psychologists, social psychologists, educational psychologists, industrial/organizational psychologists, public policy, forensics, and animal researchers.

Core Faculty

Emeritus Professors

Area Director

Colin DeYoung
N422 Elliott Hall