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SANTOS, Acácia Aparecida Angeli dos; SISTO, Fermino Fernandes  e  MARTINS, Rosana Maria Mohallem. Cognitive styles and personality: an exploratory study of validity evidences. PsicoUSF [online]. 2003, vol.8, n.1, pp. 11-19. ISSN 1413-8271.

135 undergraduates, of both genders, were studied to explore validity evidences of a scale of cognitive styles in relation to personality traits. The two tests were collectively applied in classroom. The scale of cognitive styles assessed about the convergent, divergent, holist, serialist, reflexivity and impulsiveness styles; whereas the personality inventory of adjectives markers assessed the agreeableness, extraversion, conscientiousness, neuroticism, openness. Based on their definitions, nine correlations were expected to find among cognitive styles and personality traits. The obtained data did not show differences in the dimensions of cognitive style related to gender and age. Besides, 12 significant correlations were found, five of them confirming the hypotheses, but not the other ones. Although some validity evidences for the scale of cognitive styles have been detected, since some hypothesis were confirmed, the accomplishment of new researches is suggested to explore more that construct, considering both the theory and evidences of validity.

Palavras-chave : Psychological assessment; Validity; Personality traits; Big-five; Cognitive styles; Undergraduates.

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