The International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID) was founded in 1983 to foster research on individual differences in temperament, intelligence, attitudes, and abilities. The aim of the society is to investigate the major dimensions of individual differences in the context of experimental, physiological, pharmacological, clinical, medical, genetical, statistical and social psychology. It further aims to seek the determinants, causes, and concomitants of individual differences, using concepts derived from these disciplines. To promote this purpose, the Society publishes scientific papers and organizes scientific meetings to discuss and exchange information and ideas relevant to the measurement, structure, dynamics and biological bases of individual differences. The official journal of the Society is Personality and Individual Differences.
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The conference will take place on July 29 - August 2, 2019, at University of Florence, Italy.
Bob Stelmack made significant contributions to the psychology of individual differences; and he helped establish the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, serving it over many years in various capacities including overseeing its governance. Bob’s scientific contribution was matched by his generosity and support of many students and colleagues around the world - in a 2017 special issue of Personality and Individual Differences, many of them fondly recounted his positive influences on their own development. Especially noteworthy was Bob’s humility: he was never one to chase the limelight - his was a conscientious and sure-footed approach, leading to a solid body of lasting research. Bob’s passing reminds us that the sophistication of psychological science today, including major advances in the field of individual differences, was made possible only by the pioneering work of those who may now be gone, but not forgotten.
The thoughts of the Society are with Bob’s wife, Carole, and children, Patricia and Cara, as well as the many colleagues around the world who counted Bob as a friend.
Philip J. Corr
Dr. Sybil Eysenck Award Winner (2017)
Personality and Individual Differences is pleased to announce the recipient of the Dr. Sybil Eysenck Award: Dr. David M. G. Lewis. The Dr. Sybil Eysenck Award is an annual award established in 2014 to support exceptional early-career researchers. Dr. Lewis' submitted article, entitled "Integrating molecular genetics and evolutionary psychology: Sexual jealousy and the androgen receptor (AR) gene" was selected from a competitive pool of outstanding submissions pertaining to personality and individual differences put forth for consideration by remarkable young researchers in the field. The article was deemed timely, interesting, and effectively representative of the direction of personality research overall.
Congratulations to Dr. Lewis, and to all authors whose work was selected to be published in the Dr. Sybil Eysenck Award special issue of PAID (Volume 120, January, 2018).
If you are interested in submitting your work to be considered for next year's special issue and award, please see the call for papers below.
Call for Papers: Dr. Sybil Eysenck Young Researcher Special Issue
Early career researchers (PhD + maximum 5 years) are invited to submit their best work for publication in the Dr. Sybil Eysenck Young Researcher Special Issue of Personality and Individual Differences. This is an annual special issue supported by Dr. Sybil Eysenck and the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID).
Original articles fitting the scope of the journal will be considered for publication, and will undergo the same peer review process as regular articles submitted to the journal. Only one submission per researcher is permitted. The lead author of each accepted paper will receive a free two-year membership to ISSID.
From all articles accepted for publication in this special issue, a designated Award Committee will select the strongest articles that is deemed to make the most substantial impact on the study of individual differences. The corresponding author of the selected article will receive a prize of $5,000 USD.
The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2017. Paper should be submitted via the Personality and Individual Differences journal website. Please ensure that you select the correct special issue (SI: Young Researcher 2017) from the drop-down menu pertaining to article type when submitting your paper.
Thank You for Making the ISSID 2017 Conference a Success!
The latest meeting of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences was a huge success. Thank you to all who attended and generously shared their research, knowledge, and work. The conference would not have been possible without your support and participation. A special thank-you goes to our colleagues at the Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences and University of Warsaw, who worked tirelessly to make this event possible, and whose efforts resulted in a memorable meeting of our members.
We look forward to continued collaborations, discussions, and networking with all of our members moving forward, and we hope to see you all again at our next conference in 2019!
SIOP Seeks Nominations for Dunnette Prize for Work on Individual Differences
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is currently seeking nominations for the Dunnette Prize, honoring Professor Marvin D. Dunnette. It carries a cash award of $50,000.
The Dunnette Prize is intended to recognize living individuals who have made programmatic, significant, and lasting contributions to understanding the casual nature of individual differences on behavior and performance. Nominations are sought from all sub-disciplines of Psychology as well as other disciplines involving the study of individual differences in relation to human behavior.
Professor Dunnette devoted virtually his entire academic and professional life to the assessment, prediction, and explanation of individual differences in human behavior and performance. He believed that advances in basic research, applied research and applications in practice inform each other. Accordingly, nominees who have made important contributions in any of those areas will be considered.
Nominees need not be members of SIOP. However, nominations must be made by SIOP members. Self-nominations are welcome. If a SIOP co-nominator is needed, please contact Dr. Milton Hakel at email@example.com. The deadline for submitting applications is August 31, 2017.
The Dunnette Prize recipient(s) will be recognized at the 2018 SIOP Annual Conference held in Chicago, Illinois on April 19-21, 2018. Recipient(s) are expected to give an invited address about the prize winning contributions at the conference.
For complete information on eligibility requirements, submission guidelines and administrative procedures please visit: www.siop.org/SiopAwards/Dunnette.aspx
Subscription to Personality and Individual Differences for ISSID Members
ISSID members interested in obtaining a one-year, hard-copy subscription to Personality and Individual Differences may do so for £80.00. This fee is in addition to the ISSID membership fee, as outlined here. Members interested in purchasing the journal subscription should submit their request directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gender Inequality in Research Positions
A new blog reports that senior positions in individual differences research are mostly held by men. Although the field counts as many female as male authors, women account for less than a quarter of all keynotes, handbook chapters and society presidents. Read the full post here: https://theresearchwhisperer.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/the-face-of-psychology/
Passing of Dr. Irving I. Gottesman
By Nancy L. Segal
It is with great sadness that I am alerting the membership to the loss of our esteemed colleague and personal friend, Dr. Irving I. Gottesman. Dr. Gottesman passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at the age of eighty-five, at his home in Edina, Minnesota. He will be remembered as a pioneer in twin studies of psychopathology and personality, noted for his landmark book, Schizophrenia and genetics: A twin study vantage point (1972), co-authored with James Shields. Over the years and until his passing, Gottesman was a prolific investigator with over 300 papers and chapters, as well as presentations, on twin studies of personality, intelligence, psychopathology and epigenetics. Gottesman was also responsible for establishing the prestigious James Shields Lifetime Achievement Award for Twin Research.
Our goal is to have his name added to the Wall of Honor of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS). In order to raise the required $2,000, please make a contribution by visiting the link, and be sure to include his name (Irving I. Gottesman) with the donation.
Nancy Segal will be organizing a symposium in Gottesman’s name at the 2017 meeting of ISTS in Madrid.