Cattell and Eysenck

Cattell and Eysenck

Cattell and Eysenck are two prominent early contributors to the trait theory of personality. In this paper:

  • Discuss the general foundational position of trait theory and compare/contrast Cattell’s and Eysenck’s theories.
  • Examine the assessments derived from each theory and provide an overview and critique of each one.
  • Finally, reflect on and describe how these theories are utilized in your field, including the use of these assessments.

The paper should be 1,750-2,100 words (or 5-6 pages) and have a minimum of three scholarly journal articles or book references in addition to the textbook.

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Grading Criteria

Content CriteriaTotal: 4

Submit a 3-5 paper (excluding the coversheet and reference page), comparing and contrasting Allport’s use and theory of trait personality psychology and Cattell’s use and theory of trait personality psychology.

Writing and Organization CriteriaTotal: 2

Writing style is clear and concise.

Tone is academic and appropriate for the content and assignment.

Thesis statement is clearly articulated.

Structure is logical, including an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Flow is maintained by effective transitions.

Rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling are followed.

Adherence to APA formatting requirements is evident.

Research CriteriaTotal: 1

Sources are credible (preferably peer-reviewed), varied, relevant, and current (published within past five years); use of seminal work (e.g. Freud) is encouraged.

Sources inform analysis, evaluation, problem-solving and decision-making.

Includes required number of professional/scholarly sources.

Addresses ethical considerations in research when appropriate.

Style CriteriaTotal: 1

The paper is in the appropriate APA format used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).

The paper is double-spaced and in the appropriate length required by the assignment

The paper includes an APA style cover page.

The paper includes an Abstract that is formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).

The paper properly uses headings, font styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).

The paper includes an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.

The paper addresses the topic of the paper with critical thought.

The paper concludes with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.

Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition) guidelines.

The paper includes a References Page that is completed according to the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).

Total Possible PointsTotal: 8PreviousNext



This week students will focus on the concepts of understanding conditioning/learning theories of personality, in addition to trait theories of personality. Students are expected to read Chapters 5 and 8 in the Lecci & Magnavita text, complete the discussion questions, and complete the written assignment. The text as well as the assigned video will focus on the various conditioning/learning theories of personality such as theories developed from the theorists Pavlov, Watson, and Skinner. Additional concepts in the text and the assigned article include, but are not limited to those related to the theories of Allport, Eysenck and Cattell. Students will also be reading the Schustack & Friedman text to gain a more in-depth understanding of Watson’s and Allport’s theories.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the similarities and differences of the conditional/learning and trait theories of personality. (Aligns with CLOs 1, 2, 3)
  2. Understand how behaviorists have influenced our concept of learning. (Aligns with CLO 2)


AssignmentDue DateFormatPoint ValueWatsonDay 3 (1st post)Discussion Forum2Trait TheoryDay 3 (1st post)Discussion Forum3Cattell and EysenckDay 7Written Assignment8


Required Resources

Lecci, L.B. & Magnavita, J.J. (2013). Personality Theories: A Scientific Approach. San Diego: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

  • Chapter 4: Neurobiological Models of Personality
  • Chapter 5: Behavioral Models of Personality
  • Chapter 8: A Trait Approach to Personality

Allport, G. W. (1966). Traits revisited. American Psychologist, Vol 21(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1037/h0023295 (Ebsco Host PsycARTICLES)

Angleitner, A., Bleidorn, W., Hülsheger, U.R,,  Kandler, C., Riemann, R., & Spinath, F. (2010) Nature and nurture of the interplay between personality traits and major life goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99(2), 366-379.  (EBSCOhost PsycArticles AN: 2010-14719-011).

Watson, J. B., & Rayner, R. (1920). Conditioned emotional reactions. First published in Journal of Experimental Psychology, 3(1), 1-14. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Website Classics in the History of Psychology

Learning (#7) (1990, 2001).  In Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition. WGBH Boston with the American Psychological Association. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (note: closed captioning is available for this video by clicking on the “cc turn on” underneath the video screen)

Self Checks

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