Personality, Temperament, and Behavioral Syndromes

A. Weiss*, M. J. Adams

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Research into animal personality, temperament, or behavioral syndromes is finding that, like humans, there are stable individual differences in dimensions related to behavior, affect, and even cognitions among a wide array of taxa. While debates about how to best measure personality in animals are ongoing, animal models of personality offer intriguing insights into the neural, molecular, and genetic bases of human personality as well as the relationship between personality and health, well-being, and even psychopathology. Moreover, these studies enable researchers to develop new insights into the means by which behavioral variation in humans and other animals is maintained.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience
EditorsGeorge F. Koob, Michel Le Moal, Richard F. Thompson
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages47-53
Number of pages7
Edition3
ISBN (Electronic)9780080914558
ISBN (Print)978-0-08-045396-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Balancing selection
  • Behavioral syndromes
  • Ethology
  • Individual differences
  • Natural selection
  • Personality
  • Psychometrics
  • Ratings
  • Temperament
  • Variation
  • Well-being

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