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The answer is blowing in the wind: weather effects on personality ratings

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Rammstedt, Beatrice; Mutz, Michael; Farmer, Richard F.


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Abstract This study examined the effects of weather on personality self-ratings. Single-assessment data were derived from the German General Social Survey conducted in 2008. For a subset of the participants (N = 478), official weather station data for the day a personality inventory was completed could be determined. Among these respondents, 140 (29%) completed the personality inventory on an unambiguously sunny day, 59 (12%) completed the measure on an unambiguously rainy day, and 279 (59%) completed the questionnaire on a day characterized by mixed weather conditions. Results revealed that self-ratings for some personality domains differed depending on the weather conditions on the day the inventory was completed. When compared with corresponding self-ratings collected under mixed weather conditions, ratings for the Big Five dimension of Openness to Experience were significantly lower on rainy days and ratings for Conscientiousness were significantly lower on sunny days. These results are suggestive of some limitations on the assumed situational independence of trait ratings. (author's abstract)
Keywords context analysis; environmental factors; personality; test; personality research; personality traits; subjectivity; response behavior; data quality; methodological research; personality psychology; self-assessment
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; Personality Psychology
Free Keywords Big Five; weather; situational stability; situational specificity
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 287-293
Journal European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 31 (2015) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/1015-5759/a000236
ISSN 1015-5759
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications