What makes a computer wiz? Linking personality traits and programming aptitude

Autor(en): Gnambs, Timo
Stichwörter: Big Five; Computer; Mental ability; METAANALYSIS; MODEL; NEED; Programming; Psychology; Psychology, Social; Software engineering
Erscheinungsdatum: 2015
Herausgeber: ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE
Journal: JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN PERSONALITY
Volumen: 58
Startseite: 31
Seitenende: 34
Zusammenfassung: 
Computer applications have become indispensable work tools in most organizations. As a consequence, software engineering abilities are desired skills for many employees. Therefore, the study explored individual differences predicting programming aptitude. A meta-analysis on 19 independent samples (total N = 1695) highlighted that programming aptitude was associated with three personality traits, conscientiousness, openness, and introversion. Moreover, the three traits explained incremental variance components beyond general mental abilities. In contrast to stereotypical beliefs, programming aptitudes were not associated with socially undesirable traits such as disagreeableness or neuroticism. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 00926566
DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2015.07.004

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