to what extent is personality stable versus changing across the lifespan? how do people’s personalities change?
>> Atherton, O.E., Donnellan, M.B., & Robins, R.W. (2020). The development of personality across the lifespan. In P.J. Corr & G. Matthews (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology, 2nd ed (pp. 169-182). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
what is self-regulation? how does it develop? how do we cultivate more of it? when and why is it beneficial versus costly, and in what contexts?
>> Serrano, S., Atherton, O.E., Robins, R.W., & Damian, R.I. (in press). Whose self-control development suffers or benefits in the face of adversity? A longitudinal study of Mexican-origin youth followed from age 10 to 16. European Journal of Personality.
which sociocultural factors predict stability and change in personality? how, when, and why do sociocultural contexts interact with individual differences to impact behavior and outcomes?
>> Atherton, O.E., Graham, E.K., Luo, J., Dorame, A., Horgan, D.E., Nevarez, M.D., Spiro, A., Schulz, M., Waldinger, R.J., Mroczek, D.K., & Lee, L.O. (under review). Intergenerational patterns of early life adversity: Findings from two generations of the Harvard Study of Adult Development.
>> Atherton, O.E., Willroth, E.C., Luo, J., Graham, E.K., Mroczek, D.K., & Lewis-Thames, M.W. (invited special issue). Rural-urban differences in personality traits and well-being in adulthood. Journal of Personality.
mental and physical health
to what extent is personality associated with mental and physical health across the life course? how, when, and why do these associations emerge? in what ways can we improve human health, wellbeing, and longevity?
how can we study personality and development to build a more replicable and generalizable science? what does it mean to study psychological phenomena in the longterm – across weeks, months, years, decades, periods, and generations?
>> Atherton, O.E., Chung, J.M., Harris, K., Rohrer, J.M., Condon, D.M., Cheung, F., Vazire, S., Lucas, R.E., Donnellan, M.B., Mroczek, D.K., Soto, C.J., Antonoplis, S., Damian, R.I., Funder, D.C., Srivastava, S., Fraley, R.C., Jach, H., Roberts, B.W., Smillie, L.D., Sun, J., Tackett, J.L., Weston, S.J., Harden, K.P., & Corker, K.S. (in press). Why has personality psychology played an outsized role in the credibility revolution? Personality Science.
>> Atherton, O.E., Yang, Y.C., & Mroczek, D.K. (in prep). It’s time to integrate age-period-cohort analysis into psychological research.