Professor of Psychology (Psychology Representative)
Professor Bates's work is on human ability and personality. As such it spans positive psychology, as well as IQ and traits like optimism. He often uses behaviour and molecular genetic approaches to get at causality. His recent research includes: How social status amplifies IQ; The structure of optimism and of eudaimonic well-being; How education and learning to read (but not reading) raises IQ; and Genetic links of religion and group favoritism.