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Dr Sophie von Stumm

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PositionLecturer in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email s.vonstumm (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7594
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.

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.

Publications

Article

Is day-to-day variability in cognitive function coupled with day-to-day variability in affect?
Von Stumm, Sophie. 2016. Is day-to-day variability in cognitive function coupled with day-to-day variability in affect? Intelligence, 55, pp. 1-6. ISSN 0160-2896

Breastfeeding and IQ Growth from Toddlerhood through Adolescence
Von Stumm, Sophie and Plomin, Robert. 2015. Breastfeeding and IQ Growth from Toddlerhood through Adolescence. Plos One, 10(9), ISSN 1932-6203

Phenome-wide analysis of genome-wide polygenic scores
Krapohl, E; Euesden, J; Zabaneh, D; Pingault, J-B; Rimfeld, K; Von Stumm, Sophie; Dale, P S; Breen, G; O'Reilly, P F and Plomin, R. 2015. Phenome-wide analysis of genome-wide polygenic scores. Molecular Psychiatry, pp. 1-6. ISSN 1359-4184

Seeing red? The Effect of Colour on Intelligence Test Performance
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

Socioeconomic status and the growth of intelligence from infancy through adolescence
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

Facts and findings: A reply to Powell and Nettelbeck (2014)
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

Sex Differences in Money Pathology in the General Population
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

Intelligence, gender, and assessment method affect the accuracy of self-estimated intelligence
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

Moneygrams: Recalled Childhood Memories about Money and Adult Money Pathology
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

Intellect and Cognitive Performance in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936
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

Investment and intellect: A review and meta-analysis
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

Life-course pathways to psychological distress: a cohort study
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

Financial Capability, Money Attitudes and Socioeconomic Status: Risks for Experiencing Adverse Financial Outcomes
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

Big data on adult intelligence: 57 years of the Seattle Longitudinal Study
Von Stumm, Sophie. 2013. Big data on adult intelligence: 57 years of the Seattle Longitudinal Study. PsycCRITIQUES, 58(33), ISSN 1554-0138

Investment traits and intelligence in adulthood: Assessment and associations
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

You are What You Eat? Meal Type, Socio-economic Status and Cognitive Ability in Childhood
Von Stumm, Sophie. 2012. You are What You Eat? Meal Type, Socio-economic Status and Cognitive Ability in Childhood. Intelligence, 40(6), pp. 576-583. ISSN 0160-2896

Learning Approaches: Associations with Typical Intellectual Engagement, Intelligence and the Big Five
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

Typical intellectual engagement and cognition in the ninth decade of life: The Lothian Birth Cohort 1921
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

Cognitive ability, self-assessed intelligence and personality: Common genetic but independent environmental aetiologies
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

Investment Trait, Activity Engagement, and Age: Independent Effects on Cognitive Ability
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

Learning approaches: Associations with Typical Intellectual Engagement, intelligence and the Big Five
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

Childhood behavior problems and health at midlife: 35-year follow-up of a Scottish birth cohort
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

Childhood behavior problems and health at midlife: 35 year follow-up of a Scottish birth cohort
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

Creative ability, creative ideation and latent classes of creative achievement: What is the role of personality?
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

Childhood socioeconomic status and adult health: comparing formative and reflective models in the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s Study (prospective cohort study)
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

Marital status and reproduction: associations with childhood intelligence and adult social class in the Aberdeen children of the 1950s study
Von Stumm, Sophie; Batty, G. David and Dreary, Ian J.. 2011. Marital status and reproduction: associations with childhood intelligence and adult social class in the Aberdeen children of the 1950s study. Intelligence, 39(2-3), pp. 161-167. ISSN 0160-2896

The Hungry Mind : Intellectual Curiosity Is the Third Pillar of Academic Performance
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

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
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

Independent effects of personality and sex on self-estimated intelligence: evidence from Austria
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

Childhood intelligence, locus of control and behaviour disturbance as determinants of intergenerational social mobility: British Cohort Study 1970
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

Decomposing self-estimates of intelligence: Structure and sex differences across 12 nations
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

Separating narrow and general variances in intelligence-personality associations
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

A Taxonomy of Self-Estimated Human Performance
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

Separating narrow and general variance in intelligence-personality associations
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

Thesis

Intelligence, Investment and Intellect: Re-examining Intelligence-Personality Associations
Von Stumm, Sophie. 2010. Intelligence, Investment and Intellect: Re-examining Intelligence-Personality Associations. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London.

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