DeYoung Personality Laboratory

The DeYoung Personality Lab at the University of Minnesota investigates the structure and sources of personality, including cognitive abilities and risk for psychopathology, using both psychometric and neuroscientific methods. Click here for a more detailed description of the research. (Publications)

Lab Members

 Colin DeYoung  (Lab Director)
Colin is interested in the development of explanatory models of personality traits as psychological and biological parameters within an evolved adaptive system. Personality is conceived broadly as encompassing all reasonably stable individual differences in emotion, motivation, cognition, and behavior. His Cybernetic Big Five Theory attempts to provide a unifying theory for personality psychology and personality neuroscience.
If you are interested in joining the lab, as a graduate student, 
undergraduate, or postdoc, please contact me about the possiblity.

Postdoctoral Fellows 

 (None Currently)

Graduate Students
 Sooyeon Sung (Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics)
Sooyeon is interested in the development of personality, focusing on the role that relationships with other people play in personality development.  She takes an evolutionary developmental perpsective to address questions such as, How do genes and environment interact? and How do children's relationships with their parents shape their personalities?

Alex Rautu (Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics)

Alex is interested broadly in the cognitive, motivational and neural processes underlying personality traits, with a particular focus on traits related to Conscientiousness and Openness to Experience.


Amanda Rueter (Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics)

Amanda aims to better understand the intersection of personality, biological factors, and externalizing behaviors. Currently, she is investigating the personality profiles and neurobiological correlates of impulsivity, substance use, and emotion regulation.

Scott Blain (Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics)

Scott is interested in the biological and affective mechanisms underlying individual differences in social cognition and behavior. His previous work has focused on the perception and bodily experience of emotion, as well as physiological stress in autism, schizotypy, and alexithymia. He uses methods such as fMRI, behavioral genetics, and structural equation modeling to better understand interpersonal motivation and interaction in relation to the Big Five and psychopathology. 


Lab Alumni/ae

  Yanna Weisberg
Yanna is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Linfield College in Oregon.
Steven Ludeke

Steven is an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Political Science at the University of Southern Denmark. 

Rachel Clark

Rachel is a Lecturer in Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University in Texas.

Daniel Hawes

Daniel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Bonn.

Claudia Civai

Claudia is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Rachael Grazioplene

Rachael is a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University.

Tim Allen
Tim is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Matt Paffel

After several years as a superb Lab Manager and all-around Trouble Shooter, Matt is now working as a Project Coordinator for US Bank (when he's not out fishing).

 Undergraduate Research Assistants: Past and Present

Alex Christensen
Yasir Uddin
Hannah Hillman
Billy Black
Jared LaScotte
Sara Kemmer

Anna Hitchman
Jake Gray
David Leverty
Natalie Bradt
Amanda Folberg
Chloe Miron
Jo Lackner
Kirsten Johnson
Amanda Rezutek
Irene Liveris


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