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x Extraverts 16% *





Introverts 16%x

• Tend to have better short-term memory but may also forget things more quickly. May do better in primary school.
• Tend to have better long-term memory but have difficulty with recall under stress. May do better at the university level
• Are often able to perform better under pressure (e.g., exams, conflict, negotiations) although may have more difficulty remembering information.• May perform less well under pressure (e.g., exams, conflict) or even shut down to some degree (although they would be more likely to recall information).

May excel at tasks that provide high levels of stimulation, interaction, and variety (versus those that are very routine and repetitive and/or that require prolonged attention to detail).

May excel at tasks that require careful attention (e.g. reading radar screens, research labs with solitary cubicles).
Tend to score higher on “positive” current mood scales and may even recall positive experiences more readily.
Tend to dwell more on the negative features of social situations and may even recall negative experiences more readily (and in more detail).


*Eysenck Personality Questionnaire. Extraverts/extroverts, according to Eysenck's theory, are chronically under-aroused and bored and are therefore in need of external stimulation to bring them up to an optimal level of performance. About 16 percent of the population tend to fall in this range. Introverts, on the other hand, (also about 16 percent of the population) are chronically over-aroused and jittery and are therefore in need of peace and quiet to bring them up to an optimal level of performance. Most people (about 68 percent of the population) fall in the midrange of the continuum, an area referred to as ambiversion. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eysenck_Personality_Questionnaire) Accessed 12/13.