Lecturer in Psychology
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Causes and consequences of individual differences in cognitive ability
The role of personality traits for lifespan cognitive development and aging
Psychometrics of individual differences constructs (e.g. self-estimates of ability; learning approaches; creativity; attitudes)
BSc in Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London (2006)
MSc in the Psychology Individual Differences, with Distinction, University of Edinburgh (2007)
PhD in the Psychology of Individual Differences, Goldsmiths University of London (2010)
PS 52002B: Personality and Individual Differences
PS52007B: Research Methods in Psychology
2013. Winner of the ISSID (International Society for the Study of Individual Differences) Early Career Award.
2013. Winner of the Eysenck Memorial Award (£2000). Project title: “Intelligence-Personality Associations: A psychometric-experimental approach”.
2011. ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Postdoctoral Fellowship. £83,266.00. Duration: 09/2011 to 08/2012. Project title: The relationship of intelligence and personality, and its effect on adult intellect.
2010. Winner of the PsyPag Rising Researcher Award 2010 for outstanding PhD research and thesis. £250. PsyPag.
2009. Winner of the International Society of Intelligence Research (ISIR) Templeton Prize for Best Student Paper. $2,000. John Templeton Foundation.
2009. Project grant (£5,000) from the Central Research Fund of the University of London. Project title: A study of intellectual competence: the assessment of ability and non-ability factors.
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 aging. 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 focs 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.
21. von Stumm, S., Deary, I. J., & Hagger-Johnson, G. (2013). Life-course pathways to psychological distress: a cohort study. BMJ Open; doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002772, accepted.
20. von Stumm, S. (2013). Intelligence, gender, and assessment method affect the accuracy of self-estimated intelligence. British Journal of Psychology, in press.
19. von Stumm, S. (2013). Investment Traits and Intelligence: Mechanisms and Assessment. Journal of Individual Differences, in press.
18. von Stumm, S., & Ackerman, P. L. (2012). Investment and Intellect: A Review and Meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, in press.
17. von Stumm, S., Furnham, A., & Fenton O’Creevey, M. (2012). Financial Capability, Money Attitudes and Socioeconomic Status: Risks for Experiencing Adverse Financial Outcomes. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 344–349.
16. von Stumm, S. (2012). You are What You Eat? Meal Type, Socio-economic Status and Cognitive Ability in Childhood. Intelligence, 40, 576–583.
15. von Stumm, S., & Furnham, A. F. (2012). Approaches to Learning: Associations with Typical Intellectual Engagement, Intelligence and the Big Five. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 720–723.
14. von Stumm, S. (2012). Investment Trait, Activity Engagement, and Age: Independent Effects on Cognitive Ability. Special Issue, Journal of Aging Research, doi:10.1155/2012/949837.
13. Bratko, D., Butkovic, A., Vukasovic, T., Chamorro-Premuzic, T., & von Stumm, S. (2012). Cognitive Ability, Self-assessed Intelligence and Personality: Common Genetic but Independent Environmental Aetiologies. Intelligence, 40, 91-99.
12. von Stumm, S., & Deary, I. J. (2012). Typical Intellectual Engagement and cognition in the ninth decade of life: the Lothian Birth Cohort 1921. Psychology and Aging, 27, 761-767.
11. von Stumm, S., Hell, B., & Chamorro-Premuzic, T. (2011). The hungry mind: Intellectual curiosity as third pillar of academic performance. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 574-588.
10. von Stumm, S., Batty, G. D., & Deary, I. J. (2011). Marital status and reproduction: associations with childhood intelligence and adult social class in the Aberdeen children of the 1950s study. Intelligence, 39, 161-167.
9. Hagger-Johnson, G., Deary, I. J., Batty, G. D., & von Stumm, S. (2011). Childhood socio-economic 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, doi:10.1136/jech.2010.127696.
8. von Stumm, S., Deary, I. J., Kivimaeki, M., Jokela, M., Clark, H., & Batty, G. D. (2010). Childhood behavior problems and health at midlife: 35 year follow-up of a Scottish birth cohort. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52, doi: 10.1111/j.1469.
7. von Stumm, S., Chung, A., & Furnham, A. (2010). Creative ability, creative ideation and latent classes of creative achievement: What is the role of personality? Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and Arts, 3, 149-155.
6. Stieger, S., Kastner, C., Voracek, M., von Stumm, S., Chamorro-Premuzic, T., & Furnham, A. (2010). Independent effects of personality and sex on self-estimated intelligence: evidence from Austria. Psychological Reports Perceptual and Motor Skills, 107, 553-563.
5. von Stumm, S., Macintyre, S., Batty, D. G., Clark, H., & Deary, I. J. (2010). Intelligence, social class of origin, childhood behavior disturbance and education as predictors of status attainment in midlife: The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s study. Intelligence, 38, 202-211.
4. von Stumm, S., Gale, C. R., Batty, D., & Deary, I. J. (2009). Childhood intelligence, behaviour and locus of control as determinants of intergenerational social mobility: the British Cohort Study 1970. Intelligence, 37, 329-340.
3. Furnham, A., von Stumm, S., Makendrayogam, A., & Chamorro-Premuzic, T. (2009). A taxonomy of self-estimated human performance: The General Factor í. Journal of Individual Differences, 30, 188-193.
2. von Stumm, S., Chamorro-Premuzic, T., Quiroga, M. A., & Colom, R. (2009). Separating narrow and general variance in intelligence-personality associations. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 336-341.
1. von Stumm, S., Chamorro-Premuzic, T., & Furnham, A. (2009). Decomposing self-estimates of intelligence: Structure and sex differences across 12 nations. British Journal of Psychology, 100, 429-442.
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