Exploring the Relationships between Executive Functions and The Big Five Personality Traits using the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning-Adult Form

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Formicola, Kira
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The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between three subscales of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Adult Form (BRIEF-A) and the Big Five personality traits. The data used for this study consists of 126 hearing, college age participants from the Rochester Institute of Technology who were used as a control group for a previous study. As hypothesized, Emotional Regulation and Shift scales of the BRIEF shared a significant negative correlation with Neuroticism. Contrary to the hypothesis, the scale Inhibit shared a positive correlation with Agreeableness and Conscientiousness. Shift was significantly correlated with Openness to Experience. No relationship was found between Inhibit and Extraversion and Neuroticism, as was initially hypothesized (Jackson, 2005, and Wolfe and Kasmer, 1998).