A human model for primate personality

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In this article I review the literature to determine how successful the latent trait theory model of personality from differential psychology has been for studying personality in nonhuman primates. The evidence for the success of this model is quite good and offers insights and directions for personality research in primates and other animals. This, I conclude, stems from a) the human trait model's simplicity and b) the fact that the human differential model of personality developed in the face of harsh criticism, which led researchers to test and refine
their models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences
Issue number1864
Early online date11 Oct 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Oct 2017


  • behavior
  • emotion
  • evolution
  • personality
  • primate
  • trait


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