Is RST the Newtonian mechanics of personality psychology?

Wendy Johnson, Vincent Deary

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Smillie (this issue) addressed the potential of neuroscience to identify the biological substrates that define the behavioural approach, avoidance and fight-freeze-flight systems that define reinforcement sensitivity theory (RST). Noting both the practical significance of insights into personality from RST and the difficulties in identifying its biological substrates, we suggest that these difficulties may indicate that the theory itself needs further testing. Copyright (C) 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-400
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008


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