Auke Tellegen

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Auke Tellegen
Born1930 (age 91–92)
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
Scientific career
FieldsClinical Psychology, Personality, Behavior Genetics
InstitutionsUniversity of Minnesota
ThesisThe Effect of Genetic and Experiential Factors Upon Emotional Reactions in Mice (1962)
Academic advisorsGardner Lindzey
Doctoral studentsJames V. Haxby, David Watson, Wendy Slutske

Auke Tellegen (born 1930)[1] is a psychologist who served as 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.[2]

He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1962 and did post-doctoral study in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.[3]


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.[4]



  1. ^ Cain, Nicole M.; Lukowitsky, Mark R.; Wright, Aidan G.C. (2015-01-23). "Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire". In Cautin, Robin L.; Lilienfeld, Scott O. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 1–6. doi:10.1002/9781118625392.wbecp370. ISBN 9781118625392.
  2. ^ "Dr. Auke Tellegen, Ph.D."
  3. ^ a b "2012 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Assessment Psychology".
  4. ^ Kerr, Barbara (2009). Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent. Vol. 1. Sage Publications. pp. 1–3.
  5. ^ Hughes, Amanda. "The Bruno Klopfer, Walter G. Klopfer, and Martin Mayman Awards." Journal of Personality Assessment 93.3 (2011).
  6. ^ "The Jack Block Award". American Psychological Association.