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Personality, Biological Bases of

  1. Marvin Zuckerman

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0667

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Zuckerman, M. 2010. Personality, Biological Bases of. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Delaware

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The topic of the biological bases of personality was largely theoretical in the first half of the twentieth century because of the primitive stage of the science of neuropsychology, particularly in regard to the brain. Gardner Murphy's 1947 book on personality was subtitled “a biosocial approach,” but there was little on biology as a source of personality differences, just some discussion of body types and speculations about the potential role of endocrine hormones and other peripheral physiological variants.


  • personality;
  • psychobiology