von Stumm, Sophie
17902
Department of Psychology
Dr Sophie von Stumm

Summary of research

  • Causes and consequences of individual differences in cognitive ability.
  • The role of personality traits for lifespan cognitive development and ageing.
  • Psychometrics of individual differences constructs (e.g. self-estimates of ability; learning approaches; creativity; attitudes).

Check the Hungry Mind Lab for details.

Academic qualifications

BSc MSc PhD

Teaching

PS52002C: Personality and Individual Differences

PS52007C: Research Methods in Psychology

Areas of supervision

Available to supervise undergraduate, MSc and PhD students in any of the areas listed in my 'research' tab, or in closely-related areas.

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My research interests focus on the causes and consequences of individual differences in lifespan cognitive development. Specifically, I explore how personality traits – in particular so-called investment traits – affect childhood cognitive growth, adult intelligence (e.g. academic performance and knowledge attainment), and cognitive ageing. Investment traits refer to the tendency to seek out, engage in, enjoy, and continuously pursue opportunities for effortful cognitive activity. My work so far has shown that investment traits enhance cognitive performance and ability but the mechanisms that underlie this association are not fully understood.

In addition, I investigate the real-world impact of early life factors on educational achievement, health status and social outcomes in adulthood, using prospective cohort studies. In particular, I focus on children’s behaviours and home environments, including school experiences; behaviour problems; parental aspirations; and nutrition. The question that drives this research is what are the early life experiences that shape our development throughout adulthood - and to what extent?

After studying Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London and the University of Edinburgh, I completed my PhD at Goldsmiths University of London with Professor Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic in 2010. Thereafter, I lectured at the University of Chichester and the University of Edinburgh, before returning to Goldsmiths as a Lecturer in 2012. 


Please visit Hungry Mind Lab for more details on my ongoing research projects and collaborations.

Dr Sophie von Stumm

Position held:

Lecturer in Psychology

Phone:
+44 (0)20

7919 7594

Email:
s.vonstumm (@gold.ac.uk)

Summary of research

  • Causes and consequences of individual differences in cognitive ability.
  • The role of personality traits for lifespan cognitive development and ageing.
  • Psychometrics of individual differences constructs (e.g. self-estimates of ability; learning approaches; creativity; attitudes).

Check the Hungry Mind Lab for details.

Academic qualifications

BSc MSc PhD

Teaching

PS52002C: Personality and Individual Differences

PS52007C: Research Methods in Psychology

Areas of supervision

Available to supervise undergraduate, MSc and PhD students in any of the areas listed in my 'research' tab, or in closely-related areas.

Grants & awards

Recent grants and awards:

2014: British Academy/ Leverhuleme Small Grant: Day-to-day within-person variability in cognitive performance and affect. £7938.

2014: Winner of the Excellence in Research Award by the Mensa Education & Research Foundation for a publication. $500.

2013. Winner of the ISSID (International Society for the Study of Individual Differences) Early Career Award.

2013. Eysenck Memorial Award: Intelligence-Personality Associations: A psychometric-experimental approach. £2000.

 

 

 

Research interests

My research interests focus on the causes and consequences of individual differences in lifespan cognitive development. Specifically, I explore how personality traits – in particular so-called investment traits – affect childhood cognitive growth, adult intelligence (e.g. academic performance and knowledge attainment), and cognitive ageing. Investment traits refer to the tendency to seek out, engage in, enjoy, and continuously pursue opportunities for effortful cognitive activity. My work so far has shown that investment traits enhance cognitive performance and ability but the mechanisms that underlie this association are not fully understood.

In addition, I investigate the real-world impact of early life factors on educational achievement, health status and social outcomes in adulthood, using prospective cohort studies. In particular, I focus on children’s behaviours and home environments, including school experiences; behaviour problems; parental aspirations; and nutrition. The question that drives this research is what are the early life experiences that shape our development throughout adulthood - and to what extent?

After studying Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London and the University of Edinburgh, I completed my PhD at Goldsmiths University of London with Professor Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic in 2010. Thereafter, I lectured at the University of Chichester and the University of Edinburgh, before returning to Goldsmiths as a Lecturer in 2012. 


Please visit Hungry Mind Lab for more details on my ongoing research projects and collaborations.

Selected publications

Number of items: 32.

Article

Larsson, Emma and Von Stumm, Sophie. 2015. Seeing red? The Effect of Colour on Intelligence Test Performance. Intelligence, 48, pp. 133-136. ISSN 0160-2896 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie and Plomin, Robert. 2015. Socioeconomic status and the growth of intelligence from infancy through adolescence. Intelligence, 48, pp. 30-36. ISSN 0160-2896 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie, Hell, Benedikt and Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas. 2014. Facts and findings: A reply to Powell and Nettelbeck (2014). Personality and Individual Differences, 70, pp. 252-253. ISSN 0191-8869 [Article]

Furnham, Adrian, Von Stumm, Sophie and Fenton-O’Creevy, Mark. 2014. Sex Differences in Money Pathology in the General Population. Social Indicators Research, ISSN 0303-8300 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie. 2014. Intelligence, gender, and assessment method affect the accuracy of self-estimated intelligence. British Journal of Psychology, 105(2), pp. 143-153. ISSN 0007-1269 [Article]

Furnham, Adrian, Von Stumm, Sophie and Milner, Rebecca. 2014. Moneygrams: Recalled Childhood Memories about Money and Adult Money Pathology. Journal of Financial Therapy, 5(1), pp. 40-54. ISSN 1945-7774 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie and Dreary, Ian J.. 2013. Intellect and Cognitive Performance in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936. Psychology and Aging, 28(3), pp. 680-684. ISSN 0882-7974 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie and Ackerman, Phillip L.. 2013. Investment and intellect: A review and meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 139(4), pp. 841-869. ISSN 0033-2909 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie, Dreary, Ian J. and Hagger-Johnson, Gareth. 2013. Life-course pathways to psychological distress: a cohort study. BMJ Open, 3(5), pp. 1-11. ISSN 2044-6055 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie, O’Creevy, Mark Fenton and Furnham, Adrian. 2013. Financial Capability, Money Attitudes and Socioeconomic Status: Risks for Experiencing Adverse Financial Outcomes. Personality and Individual Differences, 54(3), pp. 344-349. ISSN 0191-8869 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie. 2013. Investment traits and intelligence in adulthood: Assessment and associations. Journal of Individual Differences, 34(2), pp. 82-89. ISSN 1614-0001 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie and Furnham, Adrian. 2012. Learning Approaches: Associations with Typical Intellectual Engagement, Intelligence and the Big Five. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(5), pp. 720-723. ISSN 0191-8869 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie and Dreary, Ian J.. 2012. Typical intellectual engagement and cognition in the ninth decade of life: The Lothian Birth Cohort 1921. Psychology and Aging, 27(3), pp. 761-767. ISSN 0882-7974 [Article]

Bratko, Denis, Butkovic, Ana, Vukasovic, Tena, Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas and Von Stumm, Sophie. 2012. Cognitive ability, self-assessed intelligence and personality: Common genetic but independent environmental aetiologies. Intelligence, 40(2), pp. 91-99. ISSN 0160-2896 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie. 2012. Investment Trait, Activity Engagement, and Age: Independent Effects on Cognitive Ability. Journal of Aging Research, 2012, pp. 1-7. ISSN 2090-2204 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie and Furnham, A.. 2012. Learning approaches: Associations with Typical Intellectual Engagement, intelligence and the Big Five. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(5), pp. 720-723. ISSN 0191-8869 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie, Deary, Ian, Kivimaeki, Mika, Jokela, Markus, Clark, Heather and Batty, G. David. 2011. Childhood behavior problems and health at midlife: 35 year follow-up of a Scottish birth cohort. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(9), pp. 992-1001. ISSN 0021-9630 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie, Dreary, Ian J., Kivimäki, Mika, Jokela, Markus, Clark, Heather and Batty, G. David. 2011. Childhood behavior problems and health at midlife: 35-year follow-up of a Scottish birth cohort. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(9), pp. 992-1001. ISSN 0021-9630 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie, Chung, Audrey and Furnham, Adrian. 2011. Creative ability, creative ideation and latent classes of creative achievement: What is the role of personality? Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 5(2), pp. 107-114. ISSN 1931-3896 [Article]

Hagger-Johnson, Gareth, Batty, G. David, Dreary, Ian J. and Von Stumm, Sophie. 2011. Childhood socioeconomic status and adult health: comparing formative and reflective models in the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s Study (prospective cohort study). Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health , 65(11), pp. 1024-1029. ISSN 0143-005X [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie, Hell, Benedikt and Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas. 2011. The Hungry Mind : Intellectual Curiosity Is the Third Pillar of Academic Performance. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6(6), pp. 574-588. ISSN 1745-6916 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie, Macintyre, Sally, Batty, David G., Clark, Heather and Dreary, Ian J.. 2010. Intelligence, social class of origin, childhood behavior disturbance and education as predictors of status attainment in midlife in men: The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s study. Intelligence, 38(1), pp. 202-211. ISSN 0160-2896 [Article]

Stieger, Stefan, Kastner, Cornelia K., Voracek, Martin, Von Stumm, Sophie, Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas and Furnham, Adrian. 2010. Independent effects of personality and sex on self-estimated intelligence: evidence from Austria. Psychological Reports , 107(2), pp. 553-563. ISSN 0033-2941 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie, Gale, Catharine R., Batty, G. David and Dreary, Ian J.. 2009. Childhood intelligence, locus of control and behaviour disturbance as determinants of intergenerational social mobility: British Cohort Study 1970. Intelligence, 37(4), pp. 329-340. ISSN 0160-2896 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie, Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas and Furnham, Adrian. 2009. Decomposing self-estimates of intelligence: Structure and sex differences across 12 nations. British Journal of Psychology, 100(2), pp. 429-442. ISSN 0007-1269 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie, Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas, Quiroga, Maria Angeles and Colom, Roberto. 2009. Separating narrow and general variance in intelligence-personality associations. Personality and Individual Differences, 47(4), pp. 336-341. ISSN 0191-8869 [Article]

Von Stumm, Sophie, Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas, Quiroga, Maria Angeles and Colom, Roberto. 2009. Separating narrow and general variances in intelligence-personality associations. Personality and Individual Differences, 47(4), pp. 336-341. ISSN 01918869 [Article]

Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas, Makendrayogam, Arunthethy, Von Stumm, Sophie and Furnham, Adrian. 2009. A Taxonomy of Self-Estimated Human Performance. Journal of Individual Differences, 30(4), pp. 188-193. ISSN 1614-0001 [Article]

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