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Is RST the Newtonian mechanics of personality psychology?

Lookup NU author(s): Vincent Deary


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Smillie (this issue) addressed the potential of neuroscience to identify the biological substrates that define the behavioural approach, avoidance and fight-freeze-flight systems that define reinforcement sensitivity theory (RST). Noting both the practical significance of insights into personality from RST and the difficulties in identifying its biological substrates, we suggest that these difficulties may indicate that the theory itself needs further testing. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Johnson W, Deary V

Publication type: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Personality

Year: 2008

Volume: 22

Issue: 5

Pages: 398-400

Print publication date: 01/08/2008

ISSN (print): 0890-2070

ISSN (electronic): 1099-0984


DOI: 10.1002/per.683

Notes: Part of discussion article: Smilie, Luke D. (2009) Discussion on ‘What is Reinforcement Sensitivity? Neuroscience Paradigms for Approach-avoidance Processes in Personality’ European Journal of Personality 22: 385-409