Personality in Nonhuman Animals

Jennifer Vonk (Editor), Alexander Weiss (Editor), Stan Kuczaj (Editor)

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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
Number of pages717
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-59300-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-59299-2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


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