Individual differences as predictors of work, educational, and broad life outcomes

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Ongoing research on measures of individual differences (personality, cognitive ability, and admissions tests) has revealed their importance in academic success (including outcomes beyond college grades), work success (including objective and subjective measures of job performance), and everyday life (including divorce and mortality). Despite the body of evidence, confusion remains about foundational empirical questions including their strength, importance beyond a threshold, and independence from social class and other confounds. We first discuss the likely sources of confusion when considering the literature. We then review a series of large-scale studies and meta-analyses conducted to unambiguously address nine common, but false, assertions about the relationship between intelligence and personality measures with life outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-336
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • Academic performance
  • GPA
  • Intelligence
  • Job performance
  • Personality


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