Scientific Personality Assessment

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Scientific Personality Assessment

Has anyone taken this?


The Human Side of Science: What is the Archetypal Researcher Personality?

Are there some personalities that are better suited than others to a scientific career? To provide insight into this issue, The Science Advisory Board created the first-ever psychological profile of life science researchers, the Scientific Personality Assessment (

The assessment is meant to help scientists better evaluate their strengths and assets as well as confront the particular challenges they face in their everyday work life. The goal is not to suggest that one personality type is better than another or that having specific character traits will engender more professional success, but rather to encourage people to align their professional aspirations with their own particular blend of expertise and skills. A summary of results based on recent participants has been posted at:

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I found this really

I found this really interesting. I came out as an organiser, which is pretty much spot on.

I'm quite interested in how different types of people react together within a lab so it would be interesting to get other people in my group to have a go as well.

You are an Organizer

Organizers are defined by their methodical, traditional and pragmatic approach to scientific research. These highly intellectual individuals are soft-spoken and typically refrain from expressing their feelings, not wanting to overtly influence another's opinion or analysis of experimental results. However, this does not mean that an organizer does not feel strongly about the meaning of the data in question organizers can be very particular and often judgmental of others, especially when a colleague's assumption contradicts his or her own.

Organizers thrive on facts and data. Because of the extensive detail they require of any task, organizers prefer to work on only a few research projects at a time. They are extremely cautious decision-makers and have a tendency to analyze problems from multiple anglesbut their final analysis is routinely based upon very sound judgment. Although organizers are notoriously dependable, they prefer working independently since their desire for order can become problematic in a team environment where everyone's opinion counts.

Other scientific personas may find that the organizer to be too demanding. Organizers are perfectionists and are bothered by careless mistakes. They become frustrated and sometimes procrastinate when they must make a decision and sufficient facts are not available, or the quality of the available data does not meet their high standards. Organizers strive for high levels of accuracy and precision in their own work, and expect the same from colleagues and suppliers.