Lecture 18 Thursday, March 17, 2011
- starting the Social/Cultural Domain (should have started on Tuesday)
- And we’ll finish the last set of notes
- **Final exam essay question**
- Pictures of students—specifically working in the area of the juxtaposition
between personality and social psychology
- These two are incredibly intertwined—impossible to talk about one without the
other—Walter Mischel (account for situation in personality), social psychology
needs to account for personality
- The Society for Personality and Social Psychology is probably one of the largest
- Final Exam Essay
Professor will mark the exam essay questions
Given single essay booklet (about 10 pages, single-sided)
But you can write on the back of pages
Most people are fine with this—if you need more, can ask for
o Learning objective
Essay question has been posted on course website since before
The question is one of those big-picture questions
“What is the definition of personality?” is the essence of the
question. Getting you to think about ideas from across the whole
It’s comprehensive, not cumulative—you get to go back and be
very selective. Choose what you’re going to discuss in your
A lot of the smaller details will naturally fade over time. Professor
will look at the big picture—so whatever small details you use will
have to tie into that big picture.
Show that you can have informed conversation about personality.
o Time frame
1) Start by writing the essay outline.
• On the back of the front cover of the booklet, jot down the
2) Multiple choice
• Worth 2/3 of the mark of the final exam (more than the
• 80 questions—will take an hour and a half to two hours.
3) Essay • Could vary the time according to the time limit, whereas
multiple choice will take the same amount of time no
• Professor will mark the papers with the expectation that
you’ve only had an hour to write this. Will only expect so
much detail, expansion, explanation.
• Key: be selective (in what you choose to talk about—don’t
just do information dunk) and focused (in the presentation
of the information)
• Mantra: Be selective and focused
1) Larsen and Buss definition of personality
• Ch. 1—they break it down, elaborate, discuss
• Start with this
• Quote and discuss—should take 5-6 minutes.
• You get to choose which aspects are important
• Could have a sentence or two to open up the subject of the
essay, but you could get straight into the definition.
2) Costa and McCrae’s Five Factor Theory
• 5-6 minutes
• THEORY, not the model
• Draw it and discuss
• What is the theory? How were Costa and McCrae defining
personality through the theory?
• *Link this to the six domains?
• Could have a quick point about the dynamic processes
3) Introduction to 6 Domains of Knowledge
• 1-2 minutes
• Don’t even bother to list them off. In the next section, we’ll
go through each of them.
• Here, just introduce to the idea of thee six domains
• What do we mean by six domains of knowledge?
4) For Each Domain: 7 minutes—6 x 7=42
• Name it
• Connect it to FFT
o Ex. Dispositional domain—basic tendencies
component of FFT.
• Big Questions
o Ex. Biological domain—is there connection
between physiology and personality (and
subsequent behaviour)? To what extent is
personality heritable? To what extent are evolutionary forces still influencing our behaviour
o That broke down the big questions into the three
chapters of biological domain. Could do it this way.
o About 2-3 questions are appropriate.
• Research example
o Talk about a study (not a case study—talk about
o Ex. Zuckerman and Coolman, Geen, Eisenberg and
Williams, Baldwin, etc.
o One is sufficient
o Details—what it was about/what they were trying to
do/hypothesis, what did they do, what did they find?
o Don’t need to remember researcher names, dates, or
o Relate this back to personality. How does it connect
back to the domain? What does it tell us about
5) Conclusion (if there’s time)
• 4-7 minutes
• **ONLY IF there’s time.
o Point form?
Does not communicate the fullness of the idea
Relying upon the reader to insert some meaning
But if you’re running out of time, fine.
**Also, if you run out of time and don’t finish writing about the