A Mood Map of America (TIME)

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There are many things that divide these United States. Income, religion, education, race and politics are some of the more obvious ones, but now a multinational team of researchers, led by psychologist and American expat Jason Rentfrow of the University of Cambridge in the U.K., have created a “mood map” of America, with state-by-state ratings of personality and temperament. The study, spanning 13 years and including nearly 1.6 million survey respondents from the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia, was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. TIME reports on the results and created a test for readers to discover which state most suits their temperament.


  1. Martin Gray (1959) says:

    Renfrow and Time may want to check with the patent held by Indiana University for Guidewave before proceeding any further.

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