personality

A person’s movement can give a novel insight into their inherent personality traits, an innovative new study has shown. The finding could open up new avenues for health professionals to diagnose and treat mental health conditions in the future. A team of experts, including from the University of Exeter, has shown that people who display… Read more

Were you born with a time-clock in your mind? If your immediate response to that question – from the 1964 edition of the Gray-Wheelwright Jungian Type Survey – is general bemusement, then the multiple choice answers that follow are unlikely to help you. The two options are simply “no” or “yes”. How about “Is the… Read more

People vary according to different personality traits, such as extraversion or conscientiousness, and new research suggests that they also vary according to a particular cognitive trait: distractibility. Says study author Nilli Lavie of University College London: “We all know from personal experience that some people appear to be more prone to lapses of attention than… Read more

Men and women with a smaller ratio between the lengths of their fourth and second fingers self-report as being more verbally aggressive, new research shows. Usually, research on the communication trait of verbal aggressiveness, which includes behavior like name calling, ridicule, insults, racial epithets, and threats, tends to focus on its social causes. But a… Read more

Specific personality traits are associated with a person’s susceptibility to the placebo effect from fake pain medicine, new research finds. Will you help others without expecting anything in return? Do people call you a straight-shooter? Are you good at coping when life gets tough? Those personality traits might do more than help you win a… Read more