The Origin and Future of Psychometrics

Psychometrics is a rigorous and long-standing field of study that attempts to measure personality and aptitude. Lately, however, the most accessible prototypes are Buzzfeed quizzes that tell you what Disney Princess you are – needless to say, its reputation in popular media has faltered. Despite this bad rep in the pop psych consciousness (i.e. Cambridge Analytica), psychometrics has wide-reaching implications […]

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A Surprising Trait Predicts Who Tells Lies

What kind of person would lie to you? If we’re talking about personality traits, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the “Dark Triad.” These 3 disturbing traits (Psychopathy, Narcissism and Machiavellianism) often seem to go together.   None of that is at all surprising. We pretty much expect that kind of person to lie to us. But […]

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Why People Expect Assessments to Do Impossible Things

We all want to make well-informed decisions, especially when there are valuable outcomes at stake. Having specific information and knowledge about likely outcomes can be incredibly useful—but only if we actually know how to interpret the evidence.   A classic example Imagine that you go to see the doctor. The doctor administers a medical assessment for a rare disease that you might […]

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Can Work References Reveal an Applicant’s “True” Personality?

Personality assessments can be a very valuable hiring tool. But they’re not perfect in every way.   The main criticism is that nothing can really prevent job applicants from “faking” their responses. Personality assessments never provide perfect predictions of job performance or other key outcomes—and perhaps this is due to applicant “faking.” Related articles: Can Applicants Cheat a Personality Assessment? […]

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