MARIA ANGELA L. DIOPOL
Raymond Bernard Cattell
Cattell was born in
England in 1905 to a family
Cattell was a bright
student, graduating with
his doctorate in
psychology in 1929 from
the University of London at
In 1937, Cattell was
invited to the states by E.L.
Thorndike in New York.
It was in Illinois, that he
spent his most productive
In 1997, he was awarded
a lifetime achievement
award from the American
Description and Measurement of
Personality: A Systematic, Theoretical,
and Factual Study
The Scientific Analysis of Personality
Structured Personality-Learning Theory
Personality and Motivation Structure
1990 Handbook of personality
The Culture Free Test of
The O-A Personality Test Battery
The Motivation Analysis Test
Sixteen Personality Factor
The Clinical Analysis
Cattell’s Approaches to Measuring the Structure
• Inductive method
• 3 Media of Observation (L-data, Q-
data, and T-data)
• Common and Unique Traits
• Source and Surface Traits
• Temperament, Motivation, and Ability
• 16 Personality Factors Questionnaire
• A complicated statistical method that
finds relationships among many
different or diverse items and allows
them to be grouped together.
• An approach for analyzing the
structure of personality by measuring,
identifying, and classifying similarities
and differences in personality or traits.
• Cattell views
personality as a
View of Personality
- Asking people
response to a
- The creation of
Life Record Data
- Actual records
of the person’s
3 Major Sources of Data About Personality
• relatively permanent reaction
tendencies that are basic structural
units of the personality.
In a memorial biography, Heather E. P. Cattell
and John Horn wrote,
“…he must be considered among a
very small handful of people in this
century who have most influenced the
shape of psychology as a science."
Cattell, H. E. P. & Horn, J. (2012). A short biography:
Raymond Bernard Cattell. Retrieved from
• Raymond Cattell's professional writings
ranked as the seventh most frequently
cited in psychology journals
• Cattell was ranked at number 16
S. J. Haggbloom et al. (2002), "The 100 most
eminent psychologists of the 20th century",
Review of General Psychology, 6(2), 139-152.
Cattell, R. B. (1946). The description and measurement of personality. NewYork, NY:
Harcourt, Brace, & World.
Cattell, R. B. (1957). Personality and motivation structure and measurement. NewYork,
NY: World Book.
Cattell, H. E. P. & Horn, J. (2012). A short
biography: Raymond Bernard Cattell.
Conn, S.R., & Rieke, M.L. (1994). The 16PF Fifth Edition technical manual. Champaign,
IL: Institute for Personality andAbilityTesting, Inc.
Feist,Jess and Gregory, Theories of
Hall,Lindzey and Campbell, Theories of
Horn, J. (2000). Cattell, Raymond B. In
A. E. Kazdin (Ed), Encyclopedia of
psychology, 2, 55-57. Washington
DC: American Psychological
Indiana University. (2007). Raymond B.
Cattell. Human Intelligence. Found
McEntarffer, R. and Weseley,A.J.,
Barron’s AP Psychology 5th
Morris, et al., Psychology:Concepts
S. J. Haggbloom et al. (2002), "The 100
most eminent psychologists of the
20th century", Review of General
Psychology, 6(2), 139-152.
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