Wednesday, March 2, 2011

You Are What You Like

What do your aesthetic tastes say about you? If our personalities affect what we like to read, they certainly must affect what authors write. How might personality research affect understanding literature? Certainly our personality traits affect our ways of viewing the world. Do literary works reflect only a few personality types? What about those we've canonized? If so, what effect does that have on culture? On the further evolution of literature?


  1. I ran across this yesterday. I haven't received a copy yet, but it looks important.

  2. It looks very interesting. One can access any of the articles online.

  3. Some issues of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B (evolutionary biology) are available for free. I spent several hours printing up articles from a couple of special issues: Evolution and Human Behavioural Diversity; and Social Intelligence: from Brain to Culture. Two other issues I had to order online; they are not available for free and won't be available through my online university library's subscription for a year. Those two issues I had to order in the print edition for about $90 each. I don't lightly spend $90 for a volume! The two volumes that seemed important enough to merit this extraordinary expenditure are Culture Evolves and the special issue on personality mentioned in a previous post. Here's the link to Culture Evolves:

    Here is a list of other issues of interest in the Neuroscience and Cognition:

    Many of the issues on this list are available for free.

  4. Thanks! That's great information to have. Plenty of reading to do.