What changes when we attempt to measure personality outside of the contexts where the instruments were developed and validated? In episode 57, we’re joined by Karen Macours from the Paris School of Economics about her research into practical issues with using a popular Big Five personality measures outside of western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic settings. Her article, “Challenges to capture the big five personality traits in non-WEIRD populations”, was published with multiple co-authors on July 10, 2019 in the open-access journal Science Advances.



Websites and other resources

Press and Media

Discover Magazine | Oregon Public Radio | Medical Xpress


Bonus Clips

Patrons of Parsing Science gain exclusive access to bonus clips from all our episodes and can also download mp3s of every individual episode.

Support us for as little as $1 per month at Patreon. Cancel anytime.


🔊 Patrons can access bonus content here.

We’re not a registered tax-exempt organization, so unfortunately gifts aren’t tax deductible.

Hosts / Producers

Ryan Watkins & Doug Leigh

How to Cite

Watkins, R., Leigh, D., & Macours, K.. (2019, September 3). Parsing Science – Not-So Big Personality Traits? figshare. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.9783836


What’s The Angle? by Shane Ivers


Marko Freese


Coming soon!

Share a clip from the episode