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Anu Realo, MSc PhD (Professor)

Anu Realo



I am interested in personality and cross-cultural psychology and I have conducted research on cultural and individual variation in personality development, emotional experience, individualistic-collectivistic attitudes, and subjective well-being. My current research also tackles complex relationships among personality, health, and subjective well-being as well as the genetics of personality traits

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Representative Publications:

  • Kööts-Ausmees, L., & Realo, A. (2015). The association between life satisfaction and self-reported health status in Europe. European Journal of Personality, 29, 647–657. doi: 10.1002/per.2037
  • Mandel, A., & Realo, A. (2015). Across-time change and variation in cultural tightness-looseness. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0145213. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145213
  • Kööts, L., Realo, A., & Allik, J. (2011). The influence of weather on affective experience: An experience sampling study. Journal of Individual Differences, 32, 74-84.
  • Realo, A., & Dobewall, H. (2011). Does life satisfaction change with age? A Comparison of Estonia, Finland, Latvia, and Sweden. Journal of Research in Personality, 45, 297–308.
  • Realo, A., Allik, J., Lönnqvist, J.-E., Verkasalo, M., Kwiatkowska, A., Kööts, L., Kütt, M., Barkauskiene, R., Laurinavicius, A., Karpinski, K., Kolyshko, A., Sebre, S., & Renge, V. (2009). Mechanisms of the national character stereotype: How people in six neighboring countries of Russia describe themselves and the typical Russian. European Journal of Personality, 23, 229–249.
  • Schmitt, D., Realo, A., Voracek, M., & Allik, J. (2008). Why can’t a man be more like a woman? Sex differences in Big Five personality traits across 55 cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 168-182.
  • Allik, J., & Realo, A. (2004). Individualism-collectivism and social capital.Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 35, 29-49.

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Supervisor to:
Anita Lenneis

Arman Rakhimov (2nd supervisor)
Arij Yehya