Northwestern University

Mar
2
Thu 4:00 PM

Psychology Colloquium: Sarah Hampson

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM  

Where: Swift Hall, Room 107, 2029 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Laura Nevins   847.467.5027

Group: Department of Psychology

Category: Academic

Description:

The Northwestern University Psychology Colloquium Series Presents:

Sarah Hampson

Oregon Research Institute

 

"Personality and Health: Findings from the Hawaii Longitudinal Study"

Abstract: Could childhood personality instigate a chain of influences across the lifespan that has significant health consequences independent of adult personality? The Hawaii study is notable for the high-quality assessments of childhood personality, and the extensive collection of medical and psychological variables over 40 years later in mid-life and early old age. I will present findings relating childhood personality at mean age 10 to mid-life indicators of health status including a summary variable of physiological dysregulation, and individual biomarkers such as BMI, grip strength, and leucocyte telomere length. Personality stability from childhood to adulthood is modest in this cohort, and varies by Big Five trait. When a childhood trait predicts a later health outcome, the comparable adult trait does not necessarily show a similar association. We have evidence of pathways from childhood personality through lifespan health behavior and early trauma experience controlling for adult personality. Like other longitudinal studies, the Hawaii cohort is comparable to a large scientific instrument: it’s expensive, it requires loving care and maintenance, and it thrives on collaboration, which I hope this presentation will encourage.

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

4:00 pm, Swift Hall 107

Reception to follow

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