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Spanish Validation of the Affective Neuroscience Personality Scales

  • Víctor Abella (a1), Jaak Panksepp (a2), Dionisio Manga (a3), Carmen Bárcena (a3) and José A. Iglesias (a3)...

The Affective Neuroscience Personality Scales have been designed to provide a personality assessment tool based on six distinct affective systems. The six neural systems involved were labeled PLAY, SEEK, CARE, FEAR, ANGER and SADNESS. Spirituality has been integrated into the questionnaire as a seventh dimension because, in opinion of Panksepp and his colleagues is one of the most interesting human emotion. The aim of the present paper was introduce the validation of the Spanish version of Affective Neuroscience Personality Scales and their first psychometric results in a sample of 411 college students. Participants completed the Spanish version of ANPS, just as a personality scale of five factors (NEO-FFI-R), and the Scales of Positive and Negative Affect (PANAS). The factor structure obtained and psychometric properties of the scales indicate that the Spanish version of the scales provides an effective tool to measure the seven dimensions of personality proposal in the original questionnaire.

Las Escalas de Personalidad Neuroafectivas han sido diseñadas con la intención de proporcionar una herramienta de evaluación de la personalidad a partir de seis sistemas afectivos bien diferenciados. Los seis sistemas neuronales implicados se han denominado JUEGO, BÚSQUEDA, CUIDADOS, MIEDO, IRA y TRISTEZA. Espiritualidad se ha integrado en el cuestionario como una séptima dimensión debido a que según consideran Panksepp y sus colaboradores es una de las emociones humanas de mayor interés. En este trabajo se presenta la validación española de las Escalas de Personalidad Neuroafectiva y sus primeros resultados psicométricos en una muestra de 412 estudiantes universitarios. Los participantes completaron la versión española de las ANPS, así como una escala de personalidad de cinco factores (NEO-FFI-R) y las Escalas de Afecto Positivo y Negativo (PANAS). La estructura factorial obtenida y las propiedades psicométricas de las escalas indican que la versión española de las escalas se presenta como una herramienta psicométrica eficaz para evaluar las siete dimensiones de la personalidad desde un punto de vista afectivo.

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Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Víctor Abella. Departamento de Ciencias de la Educación. Universidad de Burgos. 09001 Burgos (Spain). E-mail:
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