Assignment: World Personality Psychology

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Assignment: World Personality Psychology

Assignment: World Personality Psychology

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Watson made a major contribution to the world of personality psychology when he introduced behaviorism. After reading this week’s selections and watching the assigned video on learning, address the following:

  • What specific area in modern psychology is behaviorist theory and treatment valid?
  • How is this theory applied?
  • Why do you feel behaviorism is valid in this specific area? Give specific support for your opinion.

Post should be at least 300 words.



This week students will focus on the concepts of understanding conditioning/learning theories of personality, in addition to trait theories of personality. Students are expected to read Chapters 5 and 8 in the Lecci & Magnavita text, complete the discussion questions, and complete the written assignment. The text as well as the assigned video will focus on the various conditioning/learning theories of personality such as theories developed from the theorists Pavlov, Watson, and Skinner. Additional concepts in the text and the assigned article include, but are not limited to those related to the theories of Allport, Eysenck and Cattell. Students will also be reading the Schustack & Friedman text to gain a more in-depth understanding of Watson’s and Allport’s theories.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the similarities and differences of the conditional/learning and trait theories of personality. (Aligns with CLOs 1, 2, 3)
  2. Understand how behaviorists have influenced our concept of learning. (Aligns with CLO 2)


AssignmentDue DateFormatPoint ValueWatsonDay 3 (1st post)Discussion Forum2Trait TheoryDay 3 (1st post)Discussion Forum3Cattell and EysenckDay 7Written Assignment8


Required Resources

Lecci, L.B. & Magnavita, J.J. (2013). Personality Theories: A Scientific Approach. San Diego: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

  • Chapter 4: Neurobiological Models of Personality
  • Chapter 5: Behavioral Models of Personality
  • Chapter 8: A Trait Approach to Personality

Allport, G. W. (1966). Traits revisited. American Psychologist, Vol 21(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1037/h0023295 (Ebsco Host PsycARTICLES)

Angleitner, A., Bleidorn, W., Hülsheger, U.R,,  Kandler, C., Riemann, R., & Spinath, F. (2010) Nature and nurture of the interplay between personality traits and major life goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99(2), 366-379.  (EBSCOhost PsycArticles AN: 2010-14719-011).

Watson, J. B., & Rayner, R. (1920). Conditioned emotional reactions. First published in Journal of Experimental Psychology, 3(1), 1-14. Retrieved from Website Classics in the History of Psychology

Learning (#7) (1990, 2001).  In Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition. WGBH Boston with the American Psychological Association. (note: closed captioning is available for this video by clicking on the “cc turn on” underneath the video screen)

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