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Cognitive ability, learning approaches and personality correlates of general knowledge

Furnham, Adrian and Swami, Viren and Arteche, Adriane and Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas (2008) Cognitive ability, learning approaches and personality correlates of general knowledge. Educational Psychology, 28 (4). pp. 427-437. ISSN 0144-3410

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01443410701727376


The relationship between general knowledge (GK) and cognitive ability (IQ and abstract reasoning), learning approaches, and personality ('big five' traits and typical intellectual engagement) was investigated in a sample of 101 British undergraduates. As predicted, GK was positively correlated with cognitive ability (more so with IQ than with abstract reasoning), typical intellectual engagement, and openness to experience. A hierarchical regression showed that IQ was the strongest predictor of GK, explaining 26% of GK variance. However, openness (15%) added incremental validity to the variance explained. These results are discussed in relation to previous findings in the field of GK and the personality-intelligence interface.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:6761
Deposited On:06 May 2009 09:34
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