Personality and implicit social cognition research: past, present and future



The commentary to this special issue discusses how current research on implicit and automatic processes in personality is related to previous attempts to conceptualise and measure automatic or implicit aspects of personality that are difficult to assess using standard self-report measures. The six original contributions of this issue are discussed in the light of earlier works and with respect to interesting research questions emerging from them. We point to a range of new implicit measures of personality, discuss current trends in implicit personality research and conclude with suggestions how future research could use implicit personality measures to improve our understanding of self-regulatory and problem behaviour. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.