A Theory of the Emergence, Persistence, and Expression of Geographic Variation in Psychological Characteristics

  title={A Theory of the Emergence, Persistence, and Expression of Geographic Variation in Psychological Characteristics},
  author={Peter J. Rentfrow and Samuel D. Gosling and Jeff Potter},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  pages={339 - 369}
Volumes of research show that people in different geographic regions differ psychologically. Most of that work converges on the conclusion that there are geographic differences in personality and values, but little attention has been paid to developing an integrative account of how those differences emerge, persist, and become expressed at the geographic level. Drawing from research in psychology and other social sciences, we present a theoretical account of the mechanisms through which… 


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