Understanding The Two Types Of Extroversion

March 9, 2015 4:23 PM

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Understanding The Two Types Of Extroversion

Researchers still have a lot to learn about the roots of introversion and extroversion, and not all of what they’ve uncovered so far has fully filtered down to the public. When it comes to extroversion, for example, they’ve realized that it can actually be broken down into two components: affiliative extroversion and agentic extroversion, which involve different motives for wanting to be around people. (When researchers talk and write about extroversion as a personality trait, they often use the term extraversion, with an a, but the distinction doesn’t really matter here.)

In a new study in Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, Erica Grodin and Tara White of Brown University provide what they say is the first evidence of a neurological footprint that can help explain the two different types of extroversion. By giving a group of 83 healthy volunteers persona...

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