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Personality and Individual Differences

Code: 102578 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2502443 Psychology FB 1 1
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


In relation to evidence 4, where it says "of the last week before Christmas holidays" it should be said "of the week 15-17"


Lorena Chanes Puiggros

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


Ana Barajas Velez
Irene Ramos Grille
Elisabet Casellas Pujol
Zaynab Ellayti Martin
Gloria Marsellach Umbert
Lorena Chanes Puiggros
Eva Prats Varela
Albert Diaz Martinez


There are no prerequisites specifically established for this course, but it is highly recommended to take it simultaneously with the rest of courses that make up the first semester of the first year, especially History of Psychology and Foundations of Psychobiology I.

Objectives and Contextualisation

At the end of this course, the student must have achieved the following objectives:
1)     Know the different perspectives that co-exisit within the psychology of personality.
2)     Identify the complementary and differential aspects of the different perspectives of the psychology of personality.
1)     Distinguish between the different perspectives of personality.
2)     Relate the different authors with their corresponding theories.
3)     Associate theory, evaluation and treatment for each perspective.
4)     Understand the historical development of perspectives.
5)     Assess the quality of the different perspectives.


  • Analyse scientific texts written in English.
  • Distinguish and relate the different focuses and theoretical traditions that have contributed to the historical development of psychology as well as its influence on the production of knowledge and professional practice.
  • Evaluate, contrast and take decision on the choice of adequate methods and instruments for each situation and evaluation context.
  • Recognise the diversity of human behaviour and the nature of differences in it in terms of normality abnormality and pathology.
  • Students must be capable of collecting and interpreting relevant data (usually within their area of study) in order to make statements that reflect social, scientific or ethical relevant issues.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse scientific texts written in English.
  2. Classify the main theoretical models that explain individual differences and personality.
  3. Evaluate different personality types.
  4. Identify and relate the personality traits of individuals.
  5. Identify assessment instruments in personality psychology.
  6. Students must be capable of collecting and interpreting relevant data (usually within their area of study) in order to make statements that reflect social, scientific or ethical relevant issues.


Definition, field of study and methods of investigation in the study of personality
1)     Introduction to the study of personality
2)     Methods for the study of personality
3)     Introduction to the assessment of personality
Theories and models in the psychology of personality
4)     Introduction to the main perspectives in the psychology of personality
5)     Dispositional perspective. Lexical model
6)     Dispositional perspective. Factorial model.
7)     Biological perspective.
8)     Applied fields of the psychology of personality and individual differences.


Description and application of personality assessment tests
Discussion and tutorials
Analysis of personality assessment tools and techniques
Application of personality assessment techniques
Case studies
Group discussions
Scientific readings
N.B. The proposed teaching and assessment methodologies may experience some modifications as a result of the restrictions on face-to-face learning imposed by the health authorities. The teaching staff will use the Moodle classroom or the usual communication channel to specify whether the different directed and assessment activities are to be carried out on site or online, as instructed by the Faculty


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Lectures 27 1.08 2
Practical sesions 6 0.24 1, 3, 2, 4
Seminars (small groups) 18 0.72 3, 5, 4
Type: Supervised      
Tutorials 7.5 0.3
Type: Autonomous      
Article readings 6.5 0.26 1
Autonomous study 82 3.28


Assessment will consist of the following:
Evidence 1: Written test BLOCK A (40%). Week 10 (first assessment period)
Evidence 2: Written test  + competence T01: reading and comprehension of a scientific article in English (40%). Week 18-19 (second assessemnt period)
Evidence 3: Seminars report (15%). Last week before Christmas holidays
Evidence 4: Peer-review (5%). In-class activity during the discussion seminar of the last week before Christmas holidays

Resit: Evidence 1 and/or Evidence 2
·       The course will be considered passed when the weighted average of the continuous assessment (EV1+EV2+EV3+EV4) is 5.00 or higher
·       If the weighted average of the continuous assessment is between 3.50 and 4.99, the student will be allowed to resit
·       Students that have handed in at least one learning evidence with a weight equal to 4 points (40%) will be eligible for assessment. This means having handed in the EV1 or the EV2
·       Students that have not handed any of the two main evidences (nor EV1 neither EV2) will be considered non-eligible for assessment.
·       Resit: Students will be eligible for resit if the have handed in evidence with a weighting equal to or above 2/3 of the total grade (that is, having handed in both EV1 and Ev2) and have obtained a grade below 5.00 but equal to or above 3.50.
        o   EV1, EV2: Reassessment of the block or blocks failed.
        o   EV3, EV4: Non-reassessable
The gradeofthe reassessed evidence/s(resit) will replace the grade originally obtained and the weighted average will be recalculated the same way as that for the continuous assessment.
Those students having obtained the highest weighted average grades ofthe continuous assessment (EV1+EV2+EV3+EV4), with a minimum of 9.00, will receive honorary enrollment. If the number of honorary enrollment awarded under this criterion does not exceed the maximum, those students having obtained a grade between 8.00 and 8.99 who wish will be offered the possibility to opt for honor enrollment by doing a brief oral exam. 
Evidence code Description Weight Format Authorship Mode
EV1 Written test about the contents of Block A 40% Written Individual In-class
EV2 Written test about the contents of Block B 40% Written Individual In-class
EV3 Seminars report 15% Written Collective In-class
EV4 Peer-review 5% Written Collective In-class

No unique final synthesis test for students who enroll for the second time or more is anticipated.


Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
EVIDENCE 1 40% 1.5 0.06 3, 2, 5, 4
EVIDENCE 2 40% 1.5 0.06 1, 3, 2, 5, 4
EVIDENCE 3 15% 0 0 3, 5, 4, 6
EVIDENCE 4 5% 0 0 3, 5, 4


Manual of reference:
Carver, C.S. & Scheier, M.F. (2016). Perspectives on personality. New York: Pearson.

Other manuals:
Larsen, R. J. & Buss, D. M. (2017). Personality psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Zuckerman, M. (2005). Psychobiology of personality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Pueyo, A. A. (1996). Manual de psicología diferencial. Madrid: McGraw-Hill.
Ávia, M.D. y Sánchez-Bernardos, M.L. (1995). Personalidad: Aspectos cognitivos y sociales. Madrid: Pirámide.
Bermúdez, J., Pérez-García, A. y Sanjuán, P. (2003). Psicología de la personalidad: teoría e investigación. Madrid: UNED.
Brody, N. y Ehrlichman, H. (2000). Personality psychology: Science of individuality. New York: Pearson.
Cooper, C. (2002). Individual Differences.  London: Arnold
Eysenck, H.J. (2017). The biological basis of personality. New York: Routledge.
Eysenck, H.J. y Eysenck, M. W. (1985). Personality and individual differences. New York: Plenum Press.
Fierro, A. (1996). Manual de psicología de la personalidad. Barcelona : Paidós.
Funder, D.C. (1997). The personality puzzle. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
Liebert, R. y Langenbach, L. (1998). Personality. Belmont: Thomson Brooks/Cole Publishing Co
Matthews, G; Deary, I.J. & Whiteman, M. C. (2003). Personality traïts. Cambridge: Cambridge UniversityPress.
Pelechano, V. (1996). Psicología de la personalidad. Barcelona: Ariel.
Pervin, L.A. (2003). The science of personality. New York: Oxford University Press.
Phares, E.J. (1991). Introduction to personality. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
Schultz, D. P. y Schultz, S. P. (2002). Theories of personality. Belmont: Wadsworth.
Zuckerman, M. (2005). Psychobiology of personality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.