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Contextualised behavioural measurements of personality differences obtained in behavioural tests and social observations in adult capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella)

Uher, Jana, Addessi, Elsa and Visalberghi, Elisabetta (2013) Contextualised behavioural measurements of personality differences obtained in behavioural tests and social observations in adult capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). Journal of Research in Personality, 47 (4). pp. 427-444. ISSN 0092-6566

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jrp.2013.01.013

Abstract

We applied a new framework for behavioural research on personality differences in 26 adult tufted capuchin monkeys. Using the Behavioural Repertoire x Environmental Situations Approach, we generated systematically 20 non-lexical emic personality constructs that have high ecological validity for this species. For construct operationalisation, we obtained 146 contextualised behavioural measures repeatedly in 15 experimental situations and 2 group situations using computerised and video-assisted methods. A complete repetition after a 2–3-week break within a 60-day period yielded significant test–retest reliability from individual-oriented and variable-oriented viewpoints at different levels of aggregation. In accordance with well-established findings on cross-situational consistency, internal consistency was only moderate. This new and important finding highlights fundamental differences between behavioural approaches and judgment-based approaches to personality differences.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00926...
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2015 13:16
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 19:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63582

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