Magazine article Psychology Today

Is Your Temperament Temperate?

Magazine article Psychology Today

Is Your Temperament Temperate?

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THE REGION YOU hail from has likely shaped many aspects of your identity, from the slang you use to your favorite foods and sports teams. According to research in Nature Human Behavior, it may also help explain ? aspects of your personality.

Psychologists in China, the U.K., and the U.S. ' teamed up to examine the connection between climate and major personality traits, analyzing questionnaire data from thousands of Chinese people living in their home cities-and in a follow up, more than a million U.S. residents. They also accounted for other factors that could influence personality, such as age and population density, "to see if there is an association between temperature and personality that exists over and above these variables," explains University of Cambridge psychologist Jason Rentfrow. …

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