sorry that there haven’t been any linkfests over the past few weeks. it’s just turning out to be one of those years, i’m afraid. (>.<)

i will try to get back on schedule after easter. yes, i am taking two weeks off for spring break! (^_^)


  1. @another fred – “Just to let you know, I really do like the linkfests!”

    thanks for saying so! (^_^)

    i really like the linkfests, too! (except for the amount of time they take to put together. (>.<) ) they give me a chance to catch up on the hbd news of the week (or two), so i'm not planning on giving up on them! it's just that…life's been a bit hectic the last few weeks. *sigh* should be back to a (more) normal pace after easter. i hope! (^_^)


  2. I expect you’ll comment on this upon your return: –
    Regional Personality Differences in Great Britain

    “The current study used the 2009 LAD boundaries, which included 380 LADs. It is important to emphasize that, compared to previous analyses of regional psychological differences at the state or national levels, the current project focused on geographical regions that are significantly smaller in area and population. As a result, this project allows for a more fine-grained analysis of regional variation that can reveal differences between urban and rural environments and even differences within large cities

    A central aim of the current investigation was to replicate and extend previous research on regional personality differences in the U.S. Although it is not possible to make direct comparisons of the geographical distributions of traits in different countries, there are broad similarities in the geographical distributions of some of the Big Five traits across countries. For example, the regions in the U.S. and Great Britain where Agreeableness is highest (i.e., Great Plains and Southern U.S., and Scottish Highlands and the North of England) are generally more rural than urban and have low population densities. In both countries, the regions where Neuroticism is low (the West Coast in the U.S., and the Southwest of England) are generally warmer. And in both the U.S. and Great Britain, the regions high in Openness (Mid-Atlantic and West Coast in the U.S., and London, Brighton, Manchester, and Bristol in England) are more urban and densely populated.

    Research at the individual level indicates that Conscientiousness reflects dutifulness, responsibility, and self-discipline, and that it is positively associated with career success, educational success, longevity, and conservatism [40, 57]. In the current project, LAD-level Conscientiousness was strongly associated with the health, political, and social indicators (mean |pr| = .27, .19, .17, respectively). This pattern of results is generally consistent with analyses of state-level Conscientiousness. Based on these findings, it appears that aggregate-level Conscientiousness reflects the degree to which residents of an area are politically and socially conservative, nonviolent, and physically healthy. It is worth noting that national level comparisons of Conscientiousness have not revealed consistent relations with any of the PESH indicators

    Urban people are competitive and open minded, which makes sense through either a culture or migration pathway. Centres of liberal culture, like cities, also self describe as less conscientious. Other stuff is probably more neutral of urbanity.


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