Animal personality

Alexander Weiss, Marieke Gartner

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Animal personality has been studied for decades, and a recent renaissance in the field has revealed links to health and life outcomes that echo those found in humans. Some of this research is tied to the Five-Factor Model—the main theory for understanding human personality—which has been shown to inform animal personality research as well, and allows for comparative work that points to evolutionary pathways that delineate phylogenetic continuity. From personality factors to facets and traits, this work has implications for human and nonhuman animal genetics, life history strategies, survival, and well-being, as well as development and social relationships. Working together, scientists from a variety of fields who study personality can hope to puzzle out causality, use personality as a tool for health, and simply define personality, across species, and therefore across time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of the Five-Factor Model
EditorsThomas Widiger
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199352487
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

Publication series

NameOxford Library of Psychology
PublisherOxford University Press


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