Evolution, genes, and inter-disciplinary personality research

Lars Penke, Jaap J. A. Denissen, Geoffrey F. Miller

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Abstract / Description of output

Most commentaries welcomed an evolutionary genetic approach to personality, but several raised concerns about our integrative model. In response, we clarify the scientific status of evolutionary genetic theory and explain the plausibility and value of our evolutionary genetic model of personality, despite some shortcomings with the currently available theories and data. We also have a closer look at mate choice for personality traits, point to promising ways to assess evolutionarily relevant environmental factors and defend higher-order personality domains and the g-factor as the best units for evolutionary genetic analyses. Finally, we discuss which extensions of and alternatives to our model appear most fruitful, and end with a call for more inter-disciplinary personality research grounded in evolutionary theory. Copyright (C) 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-665
Number of pages27
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • LIFE-HISTORY THEORY
  • GENOTYPE-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION
  • ADAPTIVE INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES
  • QUANTITATIVE TRAIT LOCI
  • CROSS-CULTURAL TWIN
  • NATURAL-SELECTION
  • PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY
  • BRAIN SIZE
  • FUNCTIONAL POLYMORPHISM
  • FUNDAMENTAL THEOREM

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