Self-Report of Neuropsychological Dimensions of Self-Control

  • Thomas R. O’Connell
  • Don M. Tucker
  • Thomas B. Scott
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 130)


A central notion in research on individual differences in hemispheric specialization is that some people emphasize one hemisphere’s cognitive processes as a general mode of functioning. We begin this chapter by considering this construct of a lateralized cognitive style, and the methodological and theoretical problems it has raised. If the construct is to be scientifically useful, it must be supported by empirical assessment of cognitive performance — or at least cognitive strategy. For the neuropsychological approach to contribute uniquely to personality research, it will be important to relate the psychological traits to physiological measures of brain activity. In addition, an important observational method is self-report: given the appropriate questionnaire, we argue that most people can describe their cognitive and emotional functioning in ways that are meaningful to neuropsychological constructs of personality. We present preliminary data on the O’Connell Cognitive and Affective Style Scale (OCASS), a self-report scale designed to assess cognitive and emotional dimensions of self-control.


Motor Skill Left Hemisphere Cognitive Style Emotional Control Cognitive Mode 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas R. O’Connell
    • 1
  • Don M. Tucker
    • 2
  • Thomas B. Scott
    • 1
  1. 1.Counseling DepartmentUniversity of North DakotaUSA
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of OregonUSA

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