Why Are People Different?

Why are people different from one another? This lecture addresses this question by reviewing the latest theories and research in psychology on two traits in particular: personality and intelligence. Students will hear about how these traits are measured, why they may differ across individuals and groups, and whether they are influenced at all by one’s genes, parents or environment.

00:00 – Chapter 1. Personality, Intelligence and Determining Difference
13:53 – Chapter 2. Measuring Personality with “The Big Five”
19:47 – Chapter 3. Defining and Measuring Intelligence
30:29 – Chapter 4. Question and Answer on Personality and Intelligence
36:32 – Chapter 5.The Roles of Genes and Environment in Explaining Human Differences
51:16 – Chapter 6. Genes, Environment and Intelligence

The complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:http://open.yale.edu/courses

This course was recorded in Spring 2007.