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Ability and personality correlates of general knowledge

Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas; Furnham, Adrian and Ackerman, Phillip. 2006. Ability and personality correlates of general knowledge. Personality and Individual Differences, 41(3), pp. 419-429. ISSN 01918869 [Article]

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The relationship of general knowledge (GK) with ability (IQ and abstract reasoning) and personality (Big Five traits and Typical Intellectual Engagement [TIE]) was investigated in a sample of 201 British university students. As predicted, GK was positively correlated with cognitive ability (more so with IQ [r = .46] than with abstract reasoning [r = .37]), TIE (r = .36) and Openness to Experience (r = .16), and negatively related to Neuroticism (r = −.18) and Extraversion (r = −.16). A total of 26% of GK variance was explained by measures of intelligence, though personality traits (particularly Neuroticism and Extraversion) showed incremental validity (5%) in the prediction of GK. Applied and theoretical implications are discussed.

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01 Mar 2011 13:59

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06 Jun 2016 15:38

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