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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.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2005.11.036

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

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2006Published

Item ID:

5020

Date Deposited:

01 Mar 2011 13:59

Last Modified:

06 Jun 2016 15:38

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5020

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