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Personality in nonhuman primates: what can we learn from human personality psychology?

Uher, Jana (2011) Personality in nonhuman primates: what can we learn from human personality psychology? In: Weiss, Alexander, King, James E. and Murray, Lindsay, (eds.) Personality and Temperament in Nonhuman Primates. Developments in primatology: progress and prospects. Springer New York, New York, USA, pp. 41-76. ISBN 9781461401759

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-1-4614-0176-6_3


Primate personality research encounters a number of puzzling methodo­logical challenges. Individuals are unique and comparable at the same time. They are characterized by relatively stable individual-specific behavioral patterns that often show only moderate consistency across situations. Personality is assumed to be temporally stable, yet equally incorporates long-term change and development. These are all déjà vus from human personality psychology. In this chapter, I present classical theories of personality psychology and discuss their suitability for nonhuman species. Using examples from nonhuman primates, I explain basic theoretical concepts, methodological approaches, and methods of measurement of empirical personality research. I place special emphasis on theoretical concepts and methodologies for comparisons of personality variation among populations, such as among species.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2015 10:57
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2021 23:04

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