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Extraversion and agreeableness and the relation with network centrality in a changing network

Tilborg, R. van (2018) Extraversion and agreeableness and the relation with network centrality in a changing network.

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Abstract:Studies on the relation between personality and network centrality have mostly viewed social networks from a static perspective, while research should focus more on changes in networks and how these are predicted from information on personality traits. Especially Extraversion and Agreeableness seem to be personality traits that are related to network centrality. Therefore the following research question was posed: How do Extraversion and Agreeableness relate to a changing network centrality? Network centrality was measured by analyzing degree centrality, betweenness centrality, and closeness centrality. Extraversion and Agreeableness were both predicted to positively influence network centrality over time. In this study, 266 people divided over 53 teams participated in an escape room. The participants solved puzzles wearing sociometric badges that measured face to face contact with others in their network, and filled in a personality questionnaire based on the HEXACO model. Using multiple regression analysis the influence of Agreeableness and Extraversion on network centrality over time was measured. In the end, no significant relation of Agreeableness and Extraversion with a changing network centrality was found for all three centrality measures. The reason for this may be that the task orientated environment was not suitable for the activation of Extraversion and Agreeableness.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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