Edinburgh is home to the world's largest group dedicated to studying individual differences, from ageing to personality research
We use individual differences in behaviour as a window onto psychological mechanisms, including the genetic and environmental origins of individual differences in intelligence and personality. We work with diverse data, from brain imaging to reaction time; massive twin and epidemiology datasets, and high-throughput genetic sequencing.
We deliver world-leading research on longevity, health, education, social behavior, positive psychology and well-being and animal personality. Our research also addresses how individuals differ from themselves over time and across situations.
Several members of the individual differences group work in the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE), funded to research healthy ageing, targeting the major determinants of health and wellbeing over the whole life course and reducing dependency in later life. We also host the Koestler Parapsychology Unit, investigating differences in paranormal belief.
Staff working in this area include:
|Professor Timothy Bates||
|Dr Tom Booth||Individual differences, health, quantitative methods.|
|Professor Ian Deary||
|Professor Wendy Johnson||Individual differences: structure of intelligence and personality, life-span development of intelligence and personality, health and ageing, genetic and environmental transactions and their influence on behavior, intelligence, and personality|
|Dr Michelle Luciano||
|Dr Rene Mottus||
|Dr Stuart Ritchie||Human intelligence differences (between people and with age), and their relation to the brain, genetics, and education.|
|Professor Caroline Watt||Replication and methodological issues in parapsychology.|
|Dr Alexander Weiss||
The individual differences journal club meet weekly to discuss relevant readings.
The cognitive ageing journal club also meet weekly during term time.