Psychometrics (mental measurement) rapidly gained ground as statistical techniques improved and particularly as computers became commonplace. (This is a good example of developments in technology leading to changes in research methods and theory building.) The use of psychometrics to examine individual differences has been crucial to the growth of psychology as an empirical and scientific discipline. Initially driven by education policies and recruitment into the military, increasingly sophisticated psychometric techniques developed over the course of the twentieth century. This has facilitated the development of all kinds of psychological tests and led to a highly profitable industry. There are now many established tests of aptitude, intelligence and personality which are used for research and in applied settings such as education, occupational testing for job selection, career counselling and in forensic psychology and clinical practice.
(From Kerry Thomas, The individual differences approach to personality, in Miell, Phoenix and Thomas (2002), Mapping Psychology l, The Open University.)
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