source Nevertheless, the theme of recognising the significance and complexity of understanding persons within social situations again emerges as a theme within Australian personality research. To address this lack of common ground, a major turning point for Australian personality research occurred with the development of the Australian or Australasian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences ACPID. As is evident, there is wide representation of Australian universities involved with ACPID, and personality researchers associated with Universities who are yet to hold ACPID are encouraged to nominate their institutions for upcoming conferences.
To this end, ACPID is held strategically at the end of each year to provide an opportunity for Honours students to present their research in a supportive and constructive environment. Additionally, the most recent ACPID held at the University of Sydney in held at the University of Sydney provided Early Career Researcher workshops and a domestic mentoring system to unite experienced personality researchers with newer ones.
The sheer depth and breadth of Australian personality research means that it is not possible here to do justice to all of the contributors of Australian personality research and presented below are simply some notable themes.
In fact, Conscientiousness was found to predict tertiary academic performance equally as well as intelligence. As Poropat observes, such findings have important implications for education, including the possibility of increasing effective learning by matching educational activities with student personality profiles. For instance, Fayn, Tiliopoulos, and MacCann found a relation between cognitive exploration and the via different pathways. Despite the emerging popularity of the FFM and the Big Five, some Australian personality researchers have been critical of the FFM's atheoretical basis and derivation from the lexical approach.
These biobehavioural systems are believed to underlie different manifestation of personality and individual differences by mediating the effects of reward and punishment on emotion and motivation see Smillie, In addition, Loxton, Bunker, Dingle, and Wong recently found that impulsivity was the best predictor of tertiary student alcohol misuse, with highly impulsive students maintaining heavier levels of drinking over time. Luke Smillie University of Melbourne has been at the forefront of developing theory addressing the personality neuroscience of extraversion and the neural processing of reward Smillie, Stankov was born in the former Yugoslavia and appointed as a lecturer at the University of Sydney in Stankov's work has been prolific and his research spans the relationship between intelligence and confidence judgements e.
MacCann's research has been concerned with assessing emotional intelligence and addressing the underlying mechanisms pertaining to emotional regulation. Additionally, her research has extensively examined the relationship between EI and various outcomes including workplace and academic performance, as well as wellbeing e. Kern's research is also at the forefront of big data and digital footprint research examining personality Kern et al.
As with the pioneers of Australian psychology, current personality researchers in Australia have been innovative in terms of test development, and keen to apply their research in a variety of settings including the workplace and educational settings. Other noteworthy examples of application are evident in the research of Don Munro and Miles Bore University of Newcastle.
For example, in a study of over medical students, Munro et al. On the other hand, Bore et al. They suggest embedding emotional resilience skills training into medical school curricula as a means of reducing psychological distress among medical students. Furthermore, the aforementioned cited literature also demonstrates that Australian personality researchers are highly collaborative, both with fellow Australian researchers, as well as with international ones.
Added to this, Australian personality researchers are commonly primary authors on high profile, international research teams. Given such success, Australian personality research can continue to expect to be an attractive prospect for students, and the developmental focus of the field promotes a clear pathway for personality students and researchers to develop research careers. At the same time, however, Australian personality research faces a major challenge.
Despite the contributions that personality research has made throughout the history of Australian psychology, personality research in Australia currently struggles to attract research funding. Even one specific subfield of cognitive psychology , Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance gets much more funding than personality psychology specifically: 14 , 9 , 13 , 15 , and 12 The lack of funding for personality research thus appears to reflect a lack of national recognition of personality research, and a possible blind spot in the ARC's funding priorities.
There are, however, notable exceptions—Carolyn MacCann, for instance, received ARC DP funding in to investigate underlying mechanisms of emotional intelligence—but this outcome is the exception to the norm. Consequently, given that job promotion is often tied to attracting research funding, the lack of funds made available to personality research is likely to negatively impact upon careers and prospects of personality researchers not to mention preventing the field from making even greater contributions to what it presently already is.
A personality think tank organised by Luke Smillie at the University of Melbourne in sought to explore this problem, and one proposed strategy to redress this situation was for personality researchers themselves to ensure greater representation on funding bodies e. Although this approach might prove effective, there is unfortunately no reason to believe that the paucity of personality research funding will change at any time soon.
On a brighter note, there are also some exciting developments in Australian personality research. The natural overlap between personality and social psychology is gaining greater recognition within Australia and indeed around the world. It remains to be seen what will become of this proposal, but the proposed direction echoes a viewpoint raised by Australian personality researchers regarding the necessity of understanding the situated person. In many ways, too, current Australian personality research is already recognising the need for addressing the complex interaction between person and situation.
All of this suggests that the time is ripe for Australian personality research to lead the way towards a much more complex and nuanced understanding of persons within their environments. As the foregoing demonstrates, the development of personality research within Australia is largely the history of the origins of psychology in Australia itself cf.
Boag, b. Personality research also played a pivotal role in helping the emerging Australian psychology to establish itself, allowing the pioneers to demonstrate usefulness in industrial and educational settings. The contributions of Australian personality research continues today, and current personality researchers are forging a more integrated approach to situated persons, both in terms of theory and application. The galvanised field of Australian personality research, as represented by the work of ACPID, promotes a clear pathway for personality researchers to develop productive and successful academic careers.
Despite difficulties acquiring research funding, the field will continue to find innovative means of achieving both contributions in theory and application, in a similar spirit to that of the pioneers of Australian psychology. The author would like to thank Alessa Teunisse for her editorial assistance, and three Reviewers for their valuable comments. Volume 71 , Issue 1.
If you do not receive an email within 10 minutes, your email address may not be registered, and you may need to create a new Wiley Online Library account. If the address matches an existing account you will receive an email with instructions to retrieve your username. Australian Journal of Psychology Volume 71, Issue 1. Simon Boag Corresponding Author E-mail address: simon. Maze received a Nuffield scholarship in London in Maze worked in the Department of Psychology at Sydney University for more than 34 years. Maze's papers were published in journals such as Psychological Review, the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the International Review of Psychoanalysis, Theory and Psychology, and fall into four categories or themes.
Two relatively diverse currents of critical thinking shaped Maze's intellectual development. John Anderson , Challis Professor of Philosophy at Sydney University to had a substantial impact on students and on Maze,  with a systematic philosophical approach grounded in realism, empiricism and pluralism Baker, The psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic technique of Sigmund Freud provided both content and structure on and by which Maze's materials and methods grew. In regards to structure, the psychoanalytic procedure of consistently returning to first principles in an effort to draw out any hidden or unconscious elements is reflected in Maze's writings on later paradigms relevant to psychology, including social constructionism, the information-processing approach of the cognitivists, and other forms of representationism Turtle, .
Against the behaviourism and the cognitivism of the time which looked for universal regularities in human psychology, Maze drew on Freud's theory that attributed primacy and determinism to the biological bases of drives in setting out a framework for individual differences in behavior and cognition, an approach that also was employed to set a foundation for human motivation Boag, These internal representations then cannot be considered to exist as independent objects at risk of the logical fallacy of reification Boag, Maze also suggests that there is sterility in any approach that attempts to falsely reduce psychological processes down to simples — for example the theory within cognitive science that suggests perceptions is built up from a layering of sensory particulars to arrive at kinds Henry, In Fyodor Dostoevsky and Virginia Woolf Maze selected authors who were sceptical analysts of the realm of human motivation and conventional morality, qualities resonant with his own endeavours.
The entire corpus of Virginia Woolf's work was subject of the monograph 'Virginia Woolf; Feminism, Creativity, and the Unconscious', where Maze used psychoanalytic technique to draw together otherwise unrelated parts of the text to reveal chains of associations and something about the nature of the unconscious. Maze also collaborated with Graham White on two psychohistorical projects, with books on two prominent politicians from Roosevelt's New Deal Cabinet.
At the age of 80 he set himself to write five novels, a fantasy fiction series for young adults surrounding the adventures of Cassandra Peel. Unprepared to compromise on the biological foundations of our human nature, Maze exposed, like Virginia Woolf and Dostoevsky, the falseness of moralism, the brutality underlying patriotism, the possessiveness of romantic love, the conformism, propaganda and censorship of respectability, the narcissism of sentimental or fashionable views of the world and the base self-interest of their underlying motives.
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Continue on UK site. Sc Hons Psych , M. Denzin and Y. In regards to structure, the psychoanalytic procedure of consistently returning to first principles in an effort to draw out any hidden or unconscious elements is reflected in Maze's writings on later paradigms relevant to psychology, including social constructionism, the information-processing approach of the cognitivists, and other forms of representationism Turtle, . Additional Problems with the Cognitive Perspective not Addressed in Introductory Textbooks In addition to definitional issues and issues related to the mischaracterization of behaviorism, textbooks fail to inform the student of the many problems associated with cognitive psychology. Psychoanalysis, epistemology and intersubjectivity: theories of Wilfred Bion.
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