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Differential Psychology of Intelligence and Personality

Code: LPSI202     Acronym: PDIP

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Psychology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Psychology
Course/CS Responsible: First degree in Psychology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PSIC 96 Official Curricular Structure 2 - 6 54 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Marisa Matias Carvalho Silva

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Theoretical and practical : 1,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Marisa Matias Carvalho Silva 1,00
Jorge Júlio de Carvalho Valadas Gato 1,00
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 1,50
Jorge Júlio de Carvalho Valadas Gato 1,00
Marisa Matias Carvalho Silva 0,50
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2021-10-21.

Fields changed: Components of Evaluation and Contact Hours, Tipo de avaliação

Teaching language



  1. To know the most important theoretical frameworks regarding intelligence and personality;

  2. To know and organise, according to its relevance, the most important empirical findings regarding individual differences on intelligence and personality, in particular as a function of gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, generation and culture;

  3. To understand the most important perspectives and empirical findings regarding the origins of group and individual differences;

  4. To be able to conduct literature search and review that allows autonomous and adequate updating of information on this domain;

  5. To recognise the advantages and limitations of differential or correlacional research method;

  6. To be able to discuss, in a critical and grouded manner, social, ethical and political context implications of the acquired knowledge, namely its applications on research and/or intervention projects in different specialization domains of Psychology.

Learning outcomes and competences

- To organize, systematize, and structure the acquired knowledge in a common structure, ranking it according to its level of importance and generality; 

- To use the acquired knowledge concerning intelligence and personality constructs and group differences to collect and critically analyse new scientific (theoretical and empirical) and non-scientific data, using different sources of information and methods. 

- To apply the acquired knowledge to formulate or evaluate intervention and research proposals in different specialization domains of Psychology.

Working method



Antecedents, object, aims, methods, and evolution of Differential Psychology

Intelligence- Theoretical frameworks: psychometric, factorial or differential, cognitive and comphreensive or contemporary. Group differences: socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender, and generation.

Personality- Theoretical frameworks: overview of psychodynamic, humanist/existentialist, and sociocognitive theories and dispositional/factorial perspective. Relationship with other constructs: intelligence, emotions and well-being. Origins of the group differences: nature –heredity (adoption and twins studies) and brain structure/hemispheric specialization and nurture-environment (family, school, intervention projects, psychological resilience studies).

Differential development contexts: sexual and gender diversity (TP classes)

Mandatory literature

Almeida, L. S., Guisande, M. A. & Ferreira, A. I. ; Inteligência : perspectivas teóricas. , Almedina, 2009. ISBN: 978-972-40-3631-1
Hansenne Michel; Psicologia da personalidade. ISBN: 972-796-126-6
Sternberg Robert J. 340; Personality and intelligence. ISBN: 0-521-42835-1
Andrade Cláudia; Olhares sobre a psicologia diferencial. ISBN: 978-989-730-058-5
Sternberg, R. J., & Kaufman, S. B.; The Cambridge handbook of intelligence, Cambridge University Press, 2011
Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses; Linhas de orientação para a prática profissional no âmbito da intervenção psicológica com pessoas LGBTQ, 2020

Complementary Bibliography

R.J. Sternberg & S. B.Kaufman, ; The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence . , Cambridge University Press. , 2011
P. G. Corr, & G. Matthews. ; The Cambridge Handbook of Personality., Cambridge University Press., 2009
Meyer; Prejudice, social stress, and mental health in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: Conceptual issues and research evidence, 2003

Teaching methods and learning activities

  1. Theoretical lecture: syllabus exposition, using other activities (ex. Videos) to promote students’ participation and discussion.

  2. Self- study and literature search and review to deepen and complement taught syllabus.

  3. Practical group work to deepen and apply learned contents.

  4. Evaluation: exam 70% + practical group work 30%. the exam comprises questions for direct and long/development answer. Direct answers evaluate domain of specific contents, and development answers the ability to discuss and articulate acquired knowledged. Practical group work assess the ability to apply theoretical and empirical knowledge related with Differential Psychology and correlacional method.


Social sciences > Psychological sciences > Psychology > Differential psychology

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 70,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 30,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 60,00
Frequência das aulas 54,00
Trabalho de campo 48,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Attendance at theory classes is not included in the assessment, but the student must attend 75% of the theoretical-practical classes.

Calculation formula of final grade

 4. Evaluation: exam 70% + practical group work 30%. Exam comprises questions for direct and long/development answer. Direct answers evaluate domain of specific contents, and development answers the ability to discuss and articulate acquired knowledged. Practical group work assess the ability to apply theoretical and empirical knowledge related with Differential Psychology and correlacional method.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Working students and students with similar status should take the exams and assessments on the same day as ordinary regime students.
Students covered by special arrangements are advised to speak with the teacher at the beginning of the semester.

Classification improvement

The improvement of the final classification is possible by repeating final exam up to the next season immediately following that in which approval was obtained.
It is not possible to improve the mark obtained in the practical work. 

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