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Measuring and Modeling Persons and Situations - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128192009

Measuring and Modeling Persons and Situations

1st Edition

Editors: Dustin Wood Stephen J. Read P.D. Harms Andrew Slaughter
Paperback ISBN: 9780128192009
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st July 2021
Page Count: 600
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Measuring and Modeling Persons and Situations presents major innovations and contributions on the topic, promoting deeper integration, cross-pollination of ideas across diverse academic disciplines, and the facilitation of the development of practical applications such as matching people to jobs, understanding decision making, and predicting how a group of individuals will interact with one another. The book is organized around two overarching and interrelated themes, with the first focusing on assessing the person and the situation, covering methodological advances and techniques for inferring and measuring characteristics, and showing how they can be instantiated for measurement and predictive purposes.

The book's second theme presents theoretical models, conceptualizing how factors of the person and situation can help us understand the psychological dynamics which underlie behavior, the psychological experience of fit or congruence with one’s environment, and changes in personality traits over time.

Key Features

  • Identifies technologies for measuring and predicting behavior
  • Infers behavior causes from personality and/or situational variables
  • Utilizes big data, machine learning and modeling to understand behavior
  • Includes mobile phone, social media and wearable tech usage analysis
  • Explores the stability of personality over time
  • Considers behavior analysis to treat maladaptive behavior


Graduate students, researchers, academics and professionals in the areas of social and personality psychology, engineering, human factors, robotics, applied psychology, computer science, and machine intelligence

Table of Contents


Dustin Wood

1. A role for information theory in personality modeling, assessment, and judgment

David M. Condon and Rene Mõttus

2. What falls outside of the Big Five? Darkness, derailers, and beyond

P.D. Harms and Ryne Sherman

3. Semantic and ontological structures of psychological attributes

Jan Ketil Arnulf and Kai Larsen

4. Ubiquitous Computing for Person-Environment Research: Opportunities, Considerations, & Future Directions

Sumer S. Vaid, Saeed Abdullah, Edison Thomaz and Gabriella Harari

5. Modeling the mind: Assessment of if…then… profiles as a window to shared and idiosyncratic psychological processes

Vivian Zayas, Randy T. Lee and Yuichi Shoda

6. Psychological Targeting in the Age of Big Data

Ruth Elisabeth Appel and Sandra Matz

7. Virtual Environments for the Representative Assessment of Personality: VE-RAP

Lynn Carol Miller, David C. Jeong and John Christensen

8. Improving measurement of individual differences using social networks

Andrew J. Slaughter and Janie Yu

9. Situational Judgment Tests: From Low-fidelity Simulations to Alternative Measures of Personality and the Person-Situation Interplay

Filip Lievens, Philipp Schäpers and Christoph Nils Herde

10. Intra-Individual Variability in Personality: A Methodological Review

Alisha Marie Ness, Kira Foley and Eric Heggestad

11. Modeling the dynamics of action

Ashley D. Brown and William Revelle

12. Conceptualizing and measuring the implicit personality

Amanda Moeller, Ben Johnson, Ken Levy and James LeBreton

13. Conceptualizing and measuring the psychological situation

John Rauthmann

14. Network Approaches to Representing and Understanding Psychological Dynamics

Emorie D. Beck and Joshua Jackson

15. Neural Network Models of Personality Structure and Dynamics

Stephen J. Read

16. Interdependence approaches to the person and situation

Fabiola Heike Gerpott, Isabel Thielman and Daniel Balliet

17. Formally Representing How Psychological Processes Shape Actions and One Another Using Functional Fields

Dustin Wood

18. Integrating Cybernetic Big Five Theory with the Free Energy Principle: A new strategy for modeling personalities as complex systems

Adam Safron and Colin DeYoung


Nutchanon Yongsatianchot and Stacy Marsella

20. An economic approach to modelling personality

Lex Borghans and Trudie Schils


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About the Editors

Dustin Wood

Dustin Wood

Dr. Dustin Wood has served as Personality Processes Section Editor at Social Psychology and Personality Compass, and as a guest editor to the European Journal of Personality and European Journal of Psychological Assessment on the topic of new approaches towards conceptualizing and assessing personality.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

Stephen J. Read

Stephen J. Read

Dr. Stephen Read has co-edited three books (Explaining one’s self to others, Erlbaum, 1992; Connectionist models of social reasoning and social behavior, Erlbaum, 1998; Computational Social Psychology, Psychology Press, in press).

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Sourthern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

P.D. Harms

P.D. Harms

Dr. Peter Harms is an Associate Editor at Journal of Managerial Psychology and Research in Occupational Stress and Well-Being and has co-edited a special issue of Applied Psychology: An International Review.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

Andrew Slaughter

Andrew Slaughter

Dr. Andrew Slaughter is a senior research psychologist at the US Army Research Institute. His work focuses on quantitative methods for social science research and program evaluation.

Affiliations and Expertise

US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Ft. Belvoir, VA, USA

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