Chapter 5 five basic traits in the brain and in behaviour. Like all of the big five dimensions, extraversion is a broad and bipolar continuum, running form the high end (extremely high extraversion) to the low end (extremely high introversion). Cognitive performance extraverts seem to show superior performance to introverts on tasks requiring divided attention, resistance to distraction, and resistance to interference. Introverts tend to perform better on tasks requiring vigilance and careful attention to details. Extraverts report greater levels of positive affect in everyday life than do introverts. Extraverts report more positive affect than introverts but do not necessarily report any less negative affect. Extraverts may be less responsive to punishment than introverts is one explanation to why extraverts report more positive feelings than introverts. Moreover, compared to introverts, extraverts appear to be better able to regulate their moods mood regulation is the ability to maintain a positive ratio of good to bad feelings in life.