Conscientiousness is a predictor of diurnal preference

Alexandra L. Hogben, Jason Ellis, Simon N. Archer, Malcolm Von Schantz*

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The relationship between diurnal preference, as measured by the Horne-Östberg questionnaire, and quantifiable personality traits was investigated in 617 participants. A hierarchical multiple regression analysis demonstrated that out of the personality variables, conscientiousness was the single biggest predictor of diurnal preference (β=0.246), after controlling for depression, sleep disorders, shift work, age, gender, and demographic characteristics. Morningness has previously been associated with physiological parameters of the circadian clock and with polymorphisms in circadian clock genes, suggesting the possibility that conscientiousness, too, may be linked to the same parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1249-1254
Number of pages6
JournalChronobiology International
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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