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Paul T. Costa, Jr. & Robert McCrae
Transcript of Paul T. Costa, Jr. & Robert McCrae
Graduating psychology in Boston University
Adoring Cattell's psychometric technique
Had to work on factor-analysis alone. His former Professor was a clinician psychologist with no interest on trait theory
Moreover, throughout 60's-70's, Trait Theory was not American's ortgeist (see:
Rotter & Mischel
"Big Five" Destiny
Achieving his Ph.D in 1975
's research assistant at the Normative Aging Study at the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Boston
Fozard referred McCrae to
Paul T. Costa, Jr.
, a personality psychologist from University of Massachusetts, Boston
Born April 28, 1949 in Missouri
Youngest out of 3 children
Showing early interest on math & science
Undergraduating philosophy on MSU, yet disappointed by the open-end & non-empirical studies under the departement
Published a book on humanistic personality theory with Maddi (1972)
Teaching in Harvard for two years, and University of Massachusetts from 1973-1978
Hired McCrae as his project director and co-principal investigatior for his Smoking & Personality Grant in 1976
Born September 16, 1942 in New Hampshire
Undergraduating psychology in Clark University, 1964
Both graduating his master (1964) and Ph.D (1968) degree in University of Chicago
Interested in individual differences & nature of personality
"Big Five" Destiny
Working with McCrae in National Institute on Aging's Gerontology Research Center in Baltimore
The large, well-established datasets of adults made it ideal for Costa & McCrae to investigate the structure of personality
A Fruitful Marriage:
For almost 40 years, there has been more than 200 research articles, chapters, & books with Costa & McCrae featured:
Emerging Lives, Enduring Disposition (1984)
Revised NEO Personality Inventory (1992)
The Five-Factor Model of Personality Across Cultures (2002)
Personality in Adulthood: A Five-Factor Theory Perspective, 2nd ed. (2003)
Robert R. McCrae (1949 - ?)
Paul T. Costa, Jr. (1942 - ?)
Founding Parents of