An Exciting New Approach To Personality Testing Involves Psychologists Analysing Your Decisions In Game Scenarios

An Exciting New Approach To Personality Testing Involves Psychologists Analysing Your Decisions In Game Scenarios

  • An exciting possibility for overcoming these issues, according to a new paper in Personality and Individual Differences is to use a “Gamification” approach – present people with behavioural options in engaging game-like scenarios and deduce their personality traits from their choices.
  • To test the gamification approach to personality testing, John-Luke McCord at Louisiana State University and his colleagues consulted 11 personality psychology experts to help develop their tunnel-based game scenario.
  • Combining results from these two studies showed that participants’ trait scores based on their game choices correlated moderately with their trait scores as ascertained from the established personality questionnaire.
  • Finally, the team tried to obtain higher correlations between the game scores and questionnaire scores by trying out a new version of the game with more Reddit volunteers, this time with the choice options in each scenario worded to reflect different levels of one specific trait.
  • On reflection McCord and his team said that perhaps they were barking up the wrong tree by trying to make the game and questionnaire results correlate as highly as possible, “As the ultimate goal is to accurately measure personality, not perfectly reflect an existing measure.” As their core motivation is to create a more realistic measure of personality, they added that it might be better to evaluate their game “With field studies or naturalistic observations”.
  • Game-like personality testing: An emerging mode of personality assessment.
  • Christian Jarrett is Editor of BPS Research Digest and the author of a forthcoming book on personality change.