William Revelle

William Roger Revelle (born c. 1944) is a psychology professor at Northwestern University working in personality psychology. Revelle studies the biological basis of personality and motivation, psychometric theory, the structure of daily mood, and models of attention and memory.

William Revelle
Born1944 (age 7475)
ResidenceEvanston, Illinois
Alma mater
Scientific career
FieldsPersonality psychology, Differential psychology
InstitutionsNorthwestern University
ThesisIntroversion/extraversion, Skin Conductance And Performance Under Stress (1973)

Early life and education

Revelle was raised in La Jolla, California.[1] His father, Roger Revelle, was an early theorist in global warming.[2]

Revelle graduated from Pomona College in 1965, abandoning a mathematics major in favor of psychology. He spent two years in Sarawak, Malaysia as a volunteer in the Peace Corps before earning his PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1973.[1] He became a member of the Northwestern Faculty in 1973.


Revelle has previously served as the President (2005-2009) of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID),[3] the President (2008-2009) of the Association for Research in Personality (ARP), and the President (1984) of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP).[4]

Currently, he is Vice-Chair of the Governing Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, having previously served as Chair (2009-2012).[5] He also serves as the President (2018–present) of the International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR).[6]

Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; 1996–present),[7] the Association for Psychological Science (APS; 1994–present),[8] the American Psychological Association (APA Division 5; 2011–present),[9] and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP; 2015–present).[10]

He resides in Evanston, Illinois.[1]


Selected publications

  • Revelle, William; Condon, David M. (2015). "A model for personality at three levels". Journal of Research in Personality. 56: 70–81. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2014.12.006.
  • Condon, David M.; Revelle, William (2014). "The International Cognitive Ability Resource: Development and initial validation of a public domain measure". Intelligence. 43: 52–64. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2014.01.004.
  • Zinbarg, Richard E.; Revelle, William; Yovel, Iftah; Li, Wen (2005). "Cronbach's α, Revelle's β, and Mcdonald's ωH: their relations with each other and two alternative conceptualizations of reliability". Psychometrika. 70 (1): 123–133. doi:10.1007/s11336-003-0974-7. ISSN 0033-3123.
  • Revelle, W (1995). "Personality Processes". Annual Review of Psychology. 46 (1): 295–328. doi:10.1146/annurev.ps.46.020195.001455. ISSN 0066-4308.
  • Humphreys, Michael S.; Revelle, William (1984). "Personality, motivation, and performance: a theory of the relationship between individual differences and information processing". Psychological Review. 91 (2): 153–84. doi:10.1037/0033-295X.91.2.153. PMID 6571423.
  • Revelle, William; Humphreys, Michael S.; Simon, Lisa; Gilliland, Kirby (1980). "The interactive effect of personality, time of day, and caffeine: A test of the arousal model". Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 109 (1): 1–31. CiteSeerX doi:10.1037/0096-3445.109.1.1. ISSN 1939-2222.
  • Revelle, William (1979). "Hierarchical Cluster Analysis And The Internal Structure Of Tests". Multivariate Behavioral Research. 14 (1): 57–74. doi:10.1207/s15327906mbr1401_4. ISSN 0027-3171. PMID 26766619.
  • Revelle, William; Rocklin, Thomas (1979). "Very Simple Structure: An Alternative Procedure For Estimating The Optimal Number Of Interpretable Factors". Multivariate Behavioral Research. 14 (4): 403–414. doi:10.1207/s15327906mbr1404_2. ISSN 0027-3171. PMID 26804437.
  • Revelle, W; Amaral, P; Turriff, S (1976). "Introversion/extroversion, time stress, and caffeine: effect on verbal performance". Science. 192 (4235): 149–150. doi:10.1126/science.1257762. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 1257762.



  1. Revelle, William. "William Revelle - Northwestern University". Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  2. Sullivan, Walter. "Roger Revelle, 82, Early Theorist In Global Warming and Geology".
  3. "ISSID The International Society for the Study of Individual Differences". Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  4. "Past Presidents of SMEP". Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  5. "Governing Board - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists". Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  6. "Intelligence | ISIR Officers". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  7. "AAAS Elected Fellows". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  8. "Association for Psychological Science: APS Fellows". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  9. "Fellows of the Division of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  10. "Fellowship SPSP". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
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