Dr. Joseph Kable provided an overview of different approaches to studying personality in Neuroscience. I will only touch on one since the others were a little unclear to me. One approach was using fMRI/BOLD studies of the brain correlated to different states or moods known as the “big five”

(1) Neuroticism
“I have frequent mood swings.”

(2) Extraversion
“I don’t find it easy to take charge of a situation” (reversed)

(3) Openness
“I enjoy trying new and foreign foods.”

(4) Agreeableness
“Most people I know like me.”

(5) Conscientiousness
“I keep my belongings neat and clean.”

These states seemed to correlate to different brain areas



About Dean G. Blevins

Dr. Dean G. Blevins currently serves as Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary. An ordained elder, Dean has ministered in diverse settings and currently also serves at the USA Regional Education Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene. A prolific author, Dr. Blevins recently co-wrote the textbook Discovering Discipleship and edits Didache: Faithful Teaching, a journal for Wesleyan Education.
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