The Genetic Links Between the Big Five Personality Traits and General Interest Domains

Kandler C, Bleidorn W, Riemann R, Angleitner A, Spinath FM (2011)
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 37(12): 1633-1643.

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This is the first genetically informative study in which multiple informants were used to quantify the genetic and environmental sources of individual differences in general interests as well as the phenotypic and genetic links between general interests and Big Five personality traits. Self-reports and two peer ratings from 844 individuals, including 225 monozygotic and 113 dizygotic complete twin pairs, were collected. Multiple-rater scores (composites) revealed that the averaged levels of genetic and environmental effects on seven broad interest domains were similar to those on personality traits. Multivariate analyses showed that about 35% of the genetic and 9% of the environmental variance in interests were explained by personality domains, in particular by Openness. The findings suggest that interests cannot easily be considered as a byproduct of the interactions between personality genotypes and the environmental influences but rather as an internal regulation of behavior with an own genetic basis.
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Kandler C, Bleidorn W, Riemann R, Angleitner A, Spinath FM. The Genetic Links Between the Big Five Personality Traits and General Interest Domains. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 2011;37(12):1633-1643.
Kandler, C., Bleidorn, W., Riemann, R., Angleitner, A., & Spinath, F. M. (2011). The Genetic Links Between the Big Five Personality Traits and General Interest Domains. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37(12), 1633-1643.
Kandler, C., Bleidorn, W., Riemann, R., Angleitner, A., and Spinath, F. M. (2011). The Genetic Links Between the Big Five Personality Traits and General Interest Domains. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 37, 1633-1643.
Kandler, C., et al., 2011. The Genetic Links Between the Big Five Personality Traits and General Interest Domains. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37(12), p 1633-1643.
C. Kandler, et al., “The Genetic Links Between the Big Five Personality Traits and General Interest Domains”, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 37, 2011, pp. 1633-1643.
Kandler, C., Bleidorn, W., Riemann, R., Angleitner, A., Spinath, F.M.: The Genetic Links Between the Big Five Personality Traits and General Interest Domains. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 37, 1633-1643 (2011).
Kandler, Christian, Bleidorn, Wiebke, Riemann, Rainer, Angleitner, Alois, and Spinath, Frank M. “The Genetic Links Between the Big Five Personality Traits and General Interest Domains”. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 37.12 (2011): 1633-1643.
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