Panel sessions

Invited Panel Session: Facing the Future of Personality Psychology
Michal Kosinski (Standford University) &
Luke D. Smillie (The University of Melbourne)
Panel Discussants:
Rodica I. Damian (University of Houston)
Samuel D. Gosling (University of Texas at Austin)
Margaret L. Kern (The University of Melbourne)
Michal Kosinski (Stanford University)
Luke D. Smillie (The University of Melbourne)
Jennifer L. Tackett (Northwestern University)
Personality psychology is a thriving and growing scientific endeavour. But our field is also a numerically small and vulnerable community, and arguably does not enjoy the status of other fields in psychology such as cognitive, social, and biological psychology. These and other factors produce someone idiosyncratic challenges — but also opportunities — for the future of our field. The aim of this panel session is to bring together six speakers from different backgrounds within personality psychology to share and discuss key issues concerning the future of personality psychology. What methodologies and tools will be required for the future of our field? How can we best prepare and develop young researchers for academic research in the 21st century? How can we apply findings from personality psychology to the real world? How might these applications interface with the changing social, occupational, and political landscape? Should we pursue personality interventions, and what might these look like? These are among the questions and issues that the six speakers in this panel discussion will address in consideration of the future of personality psychology.

Invited Panel Session: Personality development across the lifespan: Findings, mechanisms, and debates
Jaap Denissen (Tilburg University)
Panel Discussants:
Dan McAdams (Northwestern University)
Cornelia Wrzus (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
Jan Strelau (University of Social Sciences and Humanities)
Does the environment determine the way that our personalities are shaped, or do endogenic biological differences instead shape our development? This basic question has been at the center of much scientific debate. Much progress within the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID; most famously the seminal work by Hans Eysenck) has made focusing on biological theories. Recently, however more contextual perspectives highlighting the possibility of environmentally mediated personality change have gained in popularity.  The goal of the roundtable is to put this emerging tradition to the attention of ISSID researchers and allow them to engage in a dialogue with active researchers who work from the assumption that a) personality development is possible throughout the lifespan, b) environmental factors can shape corresponding developmental patterns, and c) the impact of environmental factors is at least in part mediated and/or moderated by elaborate cognitive constructs, such as goals, expectations, and narratives. The roundtable will be organized as a question-and-answer session. Questions can be submitted in advance to the organizer (Jaap Denissen) or asked in person during the session. The resulting dialogue is expected to enrich both contextual and endogenous perspectives, and will hopefully contribute to a much needed synthesis of both.
The participants are calling for attendants to submit any input to the roundtable discussion  (e.g., questions, remarks) in advance, via the following form: