Exploring factor space (and other adventures) with the Hominoid Personality Questionnaire

Alexander Weiss

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Abstract / Description of output

In this chapter I describe a research tradition for investigating the evolutionary origins of the personalities of different species of primates, including humans. To that end, I describe its origins and methods, set out its assumptions, and evaluate its ability to solve empirical problems related to personality. In doing so, I will clear up misconceptions and assuage critics of the approaches that define this research tradition. After surveying the literature that originated from this research tradition, I conclude that it solves many problems as well as other research traditions do. I then identify its limitations and the need for further studies of wild populations, and very briefly propose a new direction for the study of personality and behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPersonality in Nonhuman Animals
EditorsJennifer Vonk, Alexander Weiss, Stan Kuczaj
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-59300-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-59299-2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • bonobo
  • conobo
  • chimpanzee
  • great ape
  • gorilla
  • laudan
  • orangutan
  • personality
  • primate
  • research tradition


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