|Professor, Director of Education in the School of Education||CB2035|
|Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing|
Affiliate of the Durham University Evidence Centre for Education
I am a psychologist and professor at the School of Education, Durham University. In my research I adopt a dynamic view on psychological constructs, such as ability and personality. A dynamic view builds upon the premise of change and malleability, which can be understood in terms of responses to interventions (feedback and training) as well as development and maturation.
My current research projects focus on the dynamic, process-oriented approaches to personality and individual differences in work and educational contexts. Within this broader framework, I am interested in how our daily experiences shape who we are at a given moment in time and who we become in the future. Fundamentally, in my work I conceptualise the person as an adaptable and flexible being with a potential to change and grow. Studying change and development allows going beyond selection, e.g. based on current personality and other traits. For example, a person may choose a particular job or be selected into a particular role based on their personality traits, e.g. extraversion may be conducive to a leadership position. In the role, they may then have extra opportunities to further develop their trait extraversion; such that they ultimately change and become more extraverted over time. I am interested in both, the short-term underpinning dynamics and the longer-term person changes associated with such trajectory. There are many interesting questions to be answered, such as: How promptly does personality change happen; is it sustained; how does it relate to outcomes of interest at school, work and beyond; How do people differ in their readiness to change and why; How can short-term fluctuations and dynamics be best conceptualised and measured; Do short-term dynamics predict longer-term change; amongst other questions. Related Special Issues that I have edited and co-edited for
Frontiers in Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology (https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/3551/dynamic-personality-science-integrating-between-person-stability-and-within-person-change) and
Personality and Individual Differences (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/personality-and-individual-differences/vol/136) can be found here. Other research interests of mine include psychometric assessment, feedback processing, and technology-based learning.
I have received a doctoral degree in natural sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) from the Institute of Experimental Psychology at Heinrich-Heine-University of Duesseldorf, Germany, and am an Alumna of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, http://www.studienstiftung.de).
I have completed a 4.5-year degree programme in psychology (Dipl-Psych., equivalent to BSc/MSc Psychology) at Leipzig University, Germany, majoring in educational psychology and clinical psychology, with a minor in work and organizational psychology. Prior to my position at the School of Education I held an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Accelerated Learning Laboratory at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. I also worked in research positions at the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (PACE Center), Yale University, USA, and the Institute of Differential Psychology and Psychological Assessment at Leipzig University, Germany.
Fellowships, Awards & Grants
- Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP160103335, International Partner Investigator): Task Contingent Units of Personality and Adaptive Performance
- Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP0987584): Integrating Between-Person and Within-Person Approaches to Personality in the Workplace
- Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (Australian Research Council Linkage Project, LP0669552): Flexible Expertise in Senior Executives
- Best paper award at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
- Dissertation Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
- Dissertation Scholarship of the Saxonian Government, Germany
Information for prospective doctoral research student supervisions
I welcome postgraduate research supervision proposals that are broadly concerned with the cognitive and non-cognitive determinants, correlates and/or outcomes of learning and development in both educational and work contexts. Areas of interest include: personality and individual differences & learning and performance, personality change and malleability, personality dynamics, psychometric assessment of cognitive and non-cognitive attributes, and technology-based communication & learning.
- Personality and Individual Differences
- Personality Dynamics
- Trait Change and Malleability
- Experience Sampling Methods
- Learning Processes and Outcomes
- Psychometric Assessment
- Technology-based Learning
- 2000: Partner Investigator on an Australian Research Council funded project administered by The University of Melbourne: (AUS$423,456)
- 2000: Invited Assessor for Research Councils: Australian Research Council (ARC); Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC); Medical Research Council (RCUK MRC); Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)
- 2000: Invited talks and keynotes: e.g., Dynamic Personality – How does it work at work? Keynote presented at the European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology (EAWOP) SGM “Personality Dynamics at Work” at the Universität zu Lübeck, Germany. Personality Dynamics as Individual Differences: Conceptual Considerations, Methodological Approaches, and Predictive Utility. Invited Talk presented at the Pre-Conference on Idiographics and Nomothetics in Personality Science, 20th European Conference on Personality, Madrid, Spain.
- 2000: Reviewer for various journals: e.g., Learning and Individual Differences; Personality and Individual Differences; European Journal of Personality; British Educational Research Journal; International Journal of Educational Research; British Journal of Educational Psychology; Computers in Human Behavior; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Journal of Business Research; System-An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics; Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching
- 2000: Associate Editor: Frontiers in Psychology / Personality and Social Psychology
- 2000: Fellow: Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- 2000: Member of Editorial Board: International Journal of Educational Research
Chapter in book
- Beckmann, N., & Wood, R. (2020). Dynamic personality at work. In Y. Griep, & S. Hansen (Eds.), Handbook on the Temporal Dynamics of Organizational Behavior (197-220). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788974387.00022
- Birney, P., Beckmann, J., & Beckmann, N. (2019). Within-individual variability of ability and learning trajectories in complex problems. In D. McFarland (Ed.), General and specific mental abilities (253-283). Cambridge Scholars
- Beckmann, N., Minbashian, A., & Wood, R. (2011). Integrating the study of within- and between-person variability in personality at work. In S. Boag, & N. Tiliopoulos (Eds.), Personality and individual differences : theory, assessment and application. Nova
- Wood, R., Beckmann, N., & Pavlakis, F. (2007). Humour in organisations: no laughing matter. In J. Langan-Fox, C. Cooper, & R. Klimoski (Eds.), Research companion to the dysfunctional workplace : management challenges and symptoms (216-231). Edward Elgar Publishing
- Beckmann, N. (2022). Personality dynamics as individual differences: Conceptual considerations, methodological approaches, and predictive utility.
- Beckmann, N. (2021). Personality dynamics as individual differences.
- Wood, R., Ren, S., Guan, B., & Beckmann, N. (2021). Negative but productive: Trait neuroticism, situation contingent emotionality, and performance.
- Beckmann, N., Birney, D., Beckmann, J., Wood, R., Sojo, V., & Bowman, D. (2019). Inter-individual differences in intra-individual variability in personality within and across contexts.
- Birney, P., Beckmann, J., & Beckmann, N. (2019). What does within-individual variability in performance trajectories tell us about intelligence?.
- Beckmann, N., Wood, R., Birney, D., Beckmann, J., & Minbashian, A. (2018). Contingent units of personality at work – A reconciliation of stability and change.
- Birney, D., Beckmann, J., & Beckmann, N. (2017). Individual Differences in Success: Too soon to give up on intellect!?.
- Beckmann, N., Wood, R., & Minbashian, A. (2015). Task-contingent units of personality at work.
- Minbashian, A., Beckmann, N., & Wood, R. (2014). Emotional knowledge moderates affective mediation of task contingent conscientiousness, Symposium: Interplay of Stable Individual Differences and Mood.
- Tymms, P., Beckmann, N., Beckmann, J., Elliott, J., & Merell, C. (2013). Does schooling have an impact on short-term memory?.
- Fisher, C., Minbashian, A., Wood, R., & Beckmann, N. (2011). Appraisals, goal orientation, and emotions while working.
- Beckmann, N., Minbashian, A., & Wood, R. (2010). The lost individual: On the structure of personality at the within- and between-person levels of analysis.
- Bowman, D., Beckmann, N., & Birney, D. (2010). A matter of framing? Frame-of-reference effects in personality assessment.
- Beckmann, N., Beckmann, J., & Elliott, J. (2009). Accuracy feedback in dynamic testing.
- Beckmann, N., Wood, R., & Minbashian, A. (2009). It depends how you look at it – on the relationship between conscientiousness and neuroticism.
- Bowman, D., & Beckmann, N. (2009). Frame-of-reference effects in the measurement of personality: Evidence from self- and peer ratings in a management sample.
- Minbashian, A., Beckmann, N., & Wood, R. (2008). The effects of work-related situational cues on intra-individual variation in the emotional and motivational states of managers.
- Beckmann, N., Beckmann, J., & Elliott, J. (2008). Accuracy feedback in cognitive ability testing.
- Beckmann, N., Wood, R., & Minbashian, A. (2006). Organisational Behaviour: Science or Scientism?.
- Beckmann, N., Wood, R., & Roberts, V. (2006). Identity relevant feedback and its impact on performance.
- Wood, R., Goodman, J., Beckmann, N., & Cook, A. (2006). Mediation testing in management research: A review and proposals.
- Jarvin, L., Beckmann, N., & Sternberg, R. (2005). Does changing the nature of a problem improve a student's ability to solve it?.
- Beckmann, N. (., Beckmann, J., Elliott, J., & Guthke, J. (2004). Differential effects of performance feedback.
- Beckmann, N. (., Beckmann, J., Elliott, J., & Guthke, J. (2003). Individual differences in the ability to benefit from feedback.
- Beckmann, N. (., Beckmann, J., Elliott, J., & Guthke, J. (2003). Effects of Feedback – What a difference feedback makes.
- Beckmann, N., & Wood, R. (Eds.). (2017). Dynamic personality science: Integrating between-person stability and within-person change. Frontiers Media. https://doi.org/10.3389/978-2-88945-345-0
- Ritz, J., Woods, S., Wille, B., Woo, S., Nübold, A., Beckmann, N., …Christiansen, N. (2023). Personality at work. Personality Science, 4, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.5964/ps.7045
- Axbey, H., Beckmann, N., Fletcher-Watson, S., Tullo, A., & Crompton, C. (2023). Innovation through Neurodiversity: Diversity is Beneficial. Autism, 27(7), https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613231158685
- Zhang, J., Beckmann, N., & Beckmann, J. (2023). More than meets the ear: Individual differences in trait and state willingness to communicate as predictors of language learning performance in a Chinese EFL context. Language Teaching Research, 27(3), 593-620. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362168820951931
- Wood, R., Beckmann, N., Ren, S., & Guan, B. (2022). Situation contingent negative emotions and performance: The moderating role of trait neuroticism. Personality and Individual Differences, 197, Article 111788. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2022.111788
- Zhang, J., Beckmann, N., & Beckmann, J. (2022). One situation doesn’t fit all: Variability and stability of state willingness to communicate in a Chinese College English classroom. Language Teaching Research, 26(3), 504-529. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362168819891330
- Savva, M., Higgins, S., & Beckmann, N. (2022). Meta-analysis examining the effects of electronic storybooks on language and literacy outcomes for children in grades Pre-K to grade 2. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 38(2), 526-564. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcal.12623
- Birney, D., Beckmann, J., Beckmann, N., & Stemler, S. (2022). Sophisticated statistics cannot compensate for method effects if quantifiable structure is compromised. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, Article 812963. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.812963
- Moore, I., Torgerson, C., & Beckmann, N. (2021). Systematic review measuring the efficacy of study abroad in undergraduate language learners on linguistic proficiency gains. Review of Education, 9(3), Article e3306. https://doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3306
- Beckmann, N., Birney, D., Minbashian, M., & Beckmann, J. (2021). Personality dynamics at work: The effects of form, time, and context of variability. European Journal of Personality, 35(4), 421-449
- Beckmann, N., Birney, D., Beckmann, J., Wood, R., Sojo, V., & Bowman, D. (2020). Inter-individual differences in intra-individual variability in personality within and across contexts. Journal of Research in Personality, 85, Article 103909. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2019.103909
- Wood, R., Beckmann, N., Birney, D., Beckmann, J., Minbashian, A., & Chau, R. (2019). Situation contingent units of personality at work. Personality and Individual Differences, 136, 113-121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2018.01.026
- Rauthmann, J., Beckmann, N., Noftle, E., & Sherman, E. (2019). Personality Dynamics: A new frontier in personality psychology, Editorial. Personality and Individual Differences, 136, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2018.07.012
- Minbashian, A., Beckmann, N., & Wood, R. (2018). Emotional intelligence and individual differences in affective processes underlying task-contingent conscientiousness. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39(9), 1182-1196. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.2233
- Birney, D., Beckmann, J., Beckmann, N., Double, K., & Whittingham, K. (2018). Moderators of learning and performance trajectories in microworld simulations: Too soon to give up on intellect!?. Intelligence, 68, 128-140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intell.2018.03.008
- Zhang, J., Beckmann, N., & Beckmann, J. (2018). To talk or not to talk: A review of situational antecedents of willingness to communicate in the second language classroom. System, 72, 226-239. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2018.01.003
- Dobson, E., Beckmann, N., & Forrest, S. (2017). Educator–student communication in sex & relationship education: a comparison of teacher and peer-led interventions. Pastoral Care in Education, 35(4), 267-283. https://doi.org/10.1080/02643944.2017.1350202
- Beckmann, N., & Wood, R. (2017). Editorial: Dynamic personality science: Integrating between-person stability and within-person change. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, Article 1486. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01486
- Cooper, D., Higgins, S., & Beckmann, N. (2017). Online instructional videos as a complimentary method of teaching practical rehabilitation skills for groups and individuals. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 45(4), 546-560. https://doi.org/10.1177/0047239516669104
- Birney, D., Beckmann, J., Beckmann, N., & Double, K. (2017). Beyond the Intellect: Complexity and learning trajectories in Raven’s Progressive Matrices depend on self-regulatory processes and conative dispositions. Intelligence, 61, 63-77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intell.2017.01.005
- Cripps, E., Wood, R., Beckmann, N., Lau, J., Beckmann, J., & Cripps, S. (2016). Bayesian Analysis of Individual Level Personality Dynamics. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, Article 1065. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01065
- Beckmann, N., Beckmann, J., Birney, D., & Wood, R. (2015). A problem shared is learning doubled: Deliberative processing in dyads improves learning in complex dynamic decision-making tasks. Computers in Human Behavior, 48, 654-662. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2015.01.052
- Fisher, C., Minbashian, A., Beckmann, N., & Wood, R. (2013). Task appraisals, emotions, and performance goal orientation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98(2), 364-373. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0031260
- Beckmann, N., Beckmann, J., Minbashian, A., & Birney, D. (2013). In the heat of the moment: On the effect of state neuroticism on task performance. Personality and Individual Differences, 54(3), 447-452. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2012.10.022
- Beckmann, N., Wood, R., Minbashian, A., & Tabernero, C. (2012). Small group learning: Do group members' implicit theories of ability make a difference?. Learning and Individual Differences, 22(5), 624-631. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2012.06.007
- Wood, R., Beckmann, N., & Rossiter, J. (2011). Management humor: Asset or liability?. Organizational Psychology Review, 1(4), 316-338. https://doi.org/10.1177/2041386611418393
- Beckmann, N., Wood, R., & Minbashian, A. (2010). It depends how you look at it: On the relationship between neuroticism and conscientiousness at the within- and the between-person levels of analysis. Journal of Research in Personality, 44(5), 593-601. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2010.07.004
- Minbashian, A., Wood, R., & Beckmann, N. (2010). Task-contingent conscientiousness as a unit of personality at work. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95(5), 793-806. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0020016
- Minbashian, A., Wood, R., & Beckmann, N. (2009). Contingent beliefs as predictors of within-person variation in conscientiousness at work. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2009(1), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2009.44256425
- Beckmann, N., Beckmann, J., & Elliott, J. (2009). Self-confidence and performance goal orientation interactively predict performance in a reasoning test with accuracy feedback. Learning and Individual Differences, 19(2), 277-282. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2008.09.008
- Wood, R., Goodman, J., Beckmann, N., & Cook, A. (2008). Mediation testing in management research: A review and proposals. Organizational Research Methods, 11(2), 270-295. https://doi.org/10.1177/1094428106297811
- Wood, R., & Beckmann, N. (2006). Personality architecture and the FFM in organisational psychology. Applied Psychology, 55(3), 454-469. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-0597.2006.00263.x
- Beckmann, J., & Beckmann, N. (2005). Effects of feedback on performance and response latencies in untimed reasoning tests. Psychologische Beiträge (Lengerich), 47(2), 262-278
- Antony, E. (2023, March). 'Reconceptualising Emotional Dysregulation': Considering a Multidimensional Approach to Youth Psychopathology. Poster presented at Psychology & Education Cluster Poster Session, School of Education, Durham University, Durham