Psychobiological research is crucial for understanding human personality

C. Robert Cloninger

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    Human personality is regulated by a developmentally complex hierarchy of three major systems of learning and memory: the procedural learning of habits and skills, the semantic learning of facts and propositions and the self-aware learning of intuitions and narratives about episodes in one's life. Reinforcement sensitivity theory (RST) considers only habit learning and so is an incomplete model of human personality. It neglects persistence of intermittently reinforced activities and the character traits that regulate conflicts among emotional drives. Nevertheless, psychobiological research is crucial to improve understanding of human personality.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)393-396
    Number of pages4
    JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Aug 1 2008


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