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Title:Pleasant Affect and Sociability: Towards a Comprehensive Model of Extraverted Feelings and Behaviors
Author(s):Lucas, Richard Eric
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Ed Diener
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Social
Abstract:The extraversion/pleasant affect relation is one of the strongest and most consistent relations in the study of personality and subjective well-being. The strength of this relation has led some to suggest that pleasant affect forms the core of the extraversion dimension. Individual differences in this combined pleasant affect/extraversion trait are linked to an underlying reward-sensitivity system that controls pleasant emotional responses and approach behavior. In the current paper, I trace the history of the extraversion dimension and show how reward-sensitivity theories have developed and how they relate to other theories of the trait. Next, I review recent research that has questioned the validity of the global reports from which most theories of extraversion have been developed. Finally, I test the convergence of global and on-line reports of extraversion, focusing on predictions from the reward-sensitivity model. Results show that although different techniques of assessing extraversion sometimes do not converge, reward-sensitivity theories can successfully account for the pattern of relations among on-line reports of extraverted feelings and behaviors.
Issue Date:2000
Description:141 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9990068
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000

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