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New report provides insight into link between intelligence, personality traits, various health outcomes

May 10, 2017

These results have important implications for the physician's office because physicians may be better able to determine appropriate treatments if they take their patients' personalities into account. For example, a patient low in intelligence who also has a Type D personality could have their cardiovascular health monitored more frequently than a patient with higher intelligence and a more agreeable personality.

The authors suggest that future studies should focus on identifying and ruling out potential mediators and moderators since they may be modifiable risk factors. The authors also note the potential value of using animal models: A number of traits can be measured in nonhuman species and controlling factors such as diet and environment may improve understanding in how these traits impact health directly.

SOURCE Association for Psychological Science