Alan Howard, Director, MOSAIC Tasks
TK Wu – Business Psychologist, MOSAIC Tasks
Alan and TK presented an alternative to personality questionnaires following their papers at the most recent ABP and BPS DOP conferences. Utilising recent advances in technology, personality assessment can be revolutionised so that one no longer needs to rely solely on questionnaires, which routinely suffer from distortion such as social desirability responding (Birkeland et al 2006). The alternative approach – Objective Personality Tasks or OPTs – builds on the research of Cattell (e.g. Cattell and Warburton 1967). OPTs rely on measuring task performance – but it is the way people complete each task, rather than how well they do on it, that reveals their personality traits. Participants are unaware of which aspects of their personality are being assessed. The tasks are typically short e.g. 5-12 minutes, completed online and resemble puzzles or challenges that are applicable to all ages and levels of seniority. Alan and TK presented the results of MOSAIC’s ongoing research into the validation of multiple OPTs in a sample of 200 participants using self-report ratings of personality and biodata.