associations between the Big Five personality domains and the three fundamental needs

Hi, I’m currently studying at melbourne uni. I need a lab report for my psych subject done (1500 words). It’s due on the 28th Oct at 8am (Australian time GMT +11), but if possible I would like the final version a day before (Oct 27th 8am Aus time) so I can double check everything.

I’ve attached a template that includes a general outline of the report. I included the Method section provided by uni. I’m not sure how to go about the Results section as the stats this sem were not run using our typical program SPSS. I will try to provide as much info as I can but you can ask me if you need additional info. I added the slides that show how the results were produced in the program, and I copied the results of my associations into the file “Output_JASP.docx”

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I’ve compiled some journal articles + notes, not sure how useful it will be but I will attach as well. I initially wanted to study the associations between the three self-determination theory needs (autonomy, competence, relatedness) to neuroticism in the Big Five. Your topic can be different, but I wanted to include everything given the short deadline.

I also included example high grade papers my uni provided. The format is identical, just different topic.

The word count (based on my order of 1650 words) can be split up into:

Abstract: 200 words

Introduction + Results + Discussion = 1450 words


This excerpt is copied from a file that I will attach but here are some parts copied for your reference:

“Your assignment is to write a lab report on associations between the Big Five personality domains and the three fundamental needs associated with self-determination theory. Specifically, you are to choose 3 associations between Big Five factors and fundamental needs from a larger set (see table below). You will test these associations using correlation analyses, and then write these results up in an APA style lab report.

To help get you started, you’ll find an introduction to some background literature on the Big Five and on self-determination theory below. Keep in mind that this is only an introduction to these research areas. We expect you to seek out additional research for your lab report; assignments that rely solely on the literature suggested in this document are very unlikely to receive a high grade.


What kinds of goals do people pursue throughout their lives? Although there are many answers to this question, self-determination theory (SDT) proposes that the goals people pursue mainly focus on the satisfaction of three basic psychological needs – autonomy, competence and relatedness.

Autonomy refers to the feelings of volition and self-ownership; of one’s behaviours originating in the self and being consistent with one’s values. The opposite of autonomy is the feeling that one’s actions are controlled by forces alien to the self. Competence refers to feeling effective, at taking on and mastering challenges. Relatedness refers to feeling connected to others and feeling a sense of belonging in groups or in one’s community. SDT suggests that to the extent that these needs are satisfied, people will feel a sense of growth and wellbeing.

Most work in SDT has focused on how certain environments or situations help fulfil these needs. For example, studies have shown that high school classrooms can support the three needs and thus promote students’ engagement with learning, and consequently, lead to better learning outcomes.

Despite these needs being termed ‘basic’ or ‘fundamental’, not all people experience autonomy, competence and relatedness to the same extent. Some work has been conducted investigating cross-cultural differences in satisfaction of these basic needs (e.g., Chen et al., 2015). Apart from the question of whether there is variation between cultures, another question is whether there might be variation between people – individual differences – in satisfying each of these basic needs.

Your assignment will explore how individual differences in the Big Five personality domains are associated with different levels of satisfying the basic psychological needs of autonomy, competence and relatedness. As you will learn in the Week 2 lecture, the Big Five framework in personality research suggests that there are five major dimensions of psychological and behavioural variation between people. These are Openness to Experience (O), Conscientiousness (C), Extraversion (E), Agreeableness (A), and Neuroticism (N)(acronym: OCEAN). In your assignment you will consider how these personality traits are associated with the basic needs from self-determination theory.

In the first tutorial you completed a brief survey measuring the three basic needs of SDT and the Big Five (along with some additional demographic questions and SDT questions for discussion in later tutorials). More specifically, you completed the Balanced Measure of Psychological Needs (BMPN; Sheldon & Hilpert, 2012) to assess basic psychological needs from SDT and the Big Five Inventory – 2 (BFI-2; Soto & John, 2017).”

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