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

Peter J Rentfrow, Samuel D Gosling, Jeff Potter

Perspectives on Psychological Science | Published : 2008


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 geographic variation in psychological characteristics emerge and persist within regions, and we propose a model for conceptualizing the processes through which such characteristics become expressed in geograp..

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