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Paul Wood

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology )
Study Completed: 2012
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Integrity, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, and Ability: Relationships and Measurement

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Paul Wood’s research sought to increase knowledge relevant to psychometrically oriented workplace selection and classification. It focused on: exploring relationships among common predictors of job performance; the potential to increase hiring ratios for Maori; and whether information on the length of time taken to answer questions could be used to clarify relationships between personality and ability, or as a parameter for assessment scoring. Findings suggested that there are a number of significant relationships among personality traits and cognitive ability. They also indicated that hiring ratios for Maori could potentially be increased through combining a variety of assessments in selection processes. Furthermore, results suggested response time information had a complex relationship with ability assessment outcomes. Response time information also indicated that previously observed negative relationships between conscientiousness and cognitive ability scores are not a result of more conscientious individuals taking longer to answer ability questions

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