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The first paper that come to mind is Kalish and Robins' paper from about a
year ago. They use a novel triadic census method to examine how individuals
with different personality types have different sorts of personal networks.
Kalish, Y. & Robins, G. (2006). Psychological predispositions and network
structure: The relationship between individual predispositions, structural
holes and network closure. Social Networks, 28, 56-84.
They use a couple of the 'big five' personality metrics. You can check those
out, but off hand I believe they are:
Extroversion, openness, neuroticism, agreeableness and conscientiousness
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Five_personality_traits )
In addition to those, I'd also recommend Mirowski and Ross's very clever
"locus of control" scale.
Mirowsky, J. & Ross, C. E. (1990). Control or Defense? Depression and the
Sense of Control over Good and Bad Outcomes. Journal of Health and Social
Behavior, 31(1), 71-86.
...I haven't gotten a lot of mileage out of it yet, but some folks I know in
the mental health field swear by this scale.
But if you really want to dig deep there is 'the big book of psychometrics'.
Robinson, Shaver and Wrightsman (1990) "Measures of Personality and Social
I received a message from Stephen Bird at approximately 1/16/07 8:11 PM.
Above is my reply.
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> Hi everyone: two questions for Socnet,
> I'm interested in (quasi) experimental literature on the effects of
> personality on network characteristics. Any suggestions would be helpful.
> Are there standard personality battery questions that can be used in network
> surveys? I am hoping to control for some of these variables ( e.g. charisma,
> looks, etc.).
> I will be doing quasi-experimental research on the structural bases of
> influence. I have some sources below, however I am concerned I'm missing
> competing models and/or theories within the field. I'm particularly
> interested in experimental literature which examines the effects of
> structural characteristics ( e.g. centrality, homophily, etc.) on influence.
> Brass, Daniel J. 1984 "Being in the right place: A structural analysis
> of individual influence in an organization." Administrative Science
> Quarterly. 29:518-539.
> Cialdini, Robert B. 2000.Influence: Science and Practice (4th Edition)
> Erickson, Bonnie. 1988. "The Relational Basis of Attitudes." p. 99-121
> in Wellman and Berkowitz. Social Structures: A Network Approach. Cambridge
> Friedkin. 1998. Structural theory of social influence. (and many others
> by him! - obviously his work is fundamental).
> Gass, Robert H. and John S. Seiter (2006) Persuasion: Social Influence
> and Compliance Gaining (3rd Edition).
> Hegselmann, R., & Krause, U. (2002). Opinion Dynamics and Bounded
> Confidence Models, Analysis, and Simulation. Journal of Artificial Societies
> and Social Simulation, 5(3).
> Kottonau, J., & Pahl-Wostl, C. (2004). Simulating Political Attitudes
> and Voting Behavior. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation,
> Salzarulo, L. (2006). A Continuous Opinion Dynamics Model Based on the
> Principle of Metacontrast. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social
> Simulation, 9(1).
> I appreciate any input on either of these issues. I will post full results
> per normal.
> Thanks everyone! Best, Stephen.
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