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, 19 (2), 156-70

Neurobiological Dimensional Models of Personality: A Review of the Models of Cloninger, Depue, and Siever

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Neurobiological Dimensional Models of Personality: A Review of the Models of Cloninger, Depue, and Siever

Joel Paris. J Pers Disord.

Abstract

Neurobiological dimensional models of personality aim to account for the structure of personality traits and disorders through links to neurotransmitter systems. Three such models are reviewed: those of Cloninger, Depue, and Siever. While these proposals have heuristic value, none of them has obtained strong empirical support. Our current understanding of neurobiology is insufficient to develop a model of personality on this basis. At this point, dimensions of personality should be derived from factor analysis rather than from neurobiological theories.

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