Merging Structural and Process-Related Approaches to the Study of Agreeableness: A Preregistered Replication and Extension
Agreeableness is one of the major domains included within prominent hierarchical models of personality like the Five-factor Model (FFM). (Low) agreeableness has shown to be the strongest correlate of a variety of antisocial behaviors relative to the other FFM domains. Though there is substantial evidence that (low) agreeableness is arguably the most important personality correlate of various antisocial behaviors, this evidence is descriptive and provides little information on the direction or processes underlying the relation. Process-related research has started to provide more insight into how agreeableness-related traits give rise to various antisocial and prosocial behaviors. The proposed study looks to first replicate previous research on some of the potential cognitive/emotional processes related to agreeableness, and then to conduct exploratory analyses to identify which, if any, of the empirically identified facets of agreeableness bear specific relations to the processes under study. Thus, the proposed project seeks to merge developments across important domains of personality research, structural research and process-based research, while also making use of open-science practices.