Auke Tellegen

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Auke Tellegen was a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota from 1968 to 1999. He worked on assessment, developing the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire and contributed to the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory.[1]

He received his PhD in personality psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1962 and did post-doctoral study in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.[2]


Tellegen, alongside David Lykken, studied the effects that genetics had on a person's happiness.


Tellegen proposed the personality trait of Absorption. In 1974 he developed the Tellegen Absorption Scale (TAS) with Gilbert Atkinson, which he revised in 1982 and 1992.[3]



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  2. ^ a b "2012 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Assessment Psychology".
  3. ^ Kerr, Barbara (2009). Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent. 1. Sage Publications. pp. 1–3. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Amanda. "The Bruno Klopfer, Walter G. Klopfer, and Martin Mayman Awards." Journal of Personality Assessment 93.3 (2011).
  5. ^ "The Jack Block Award". American Psychological Association.