Personality in Nonhuman Primates: What Can We Learn from Human Personality Psychology?
- Jana UherAffiliated withComparative Differential and Personality Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin Email author
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.
- Personality in Nonhuman Primates: What Can We Learn from Human Personality Psychology?
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- Personality and Temperament in Nonhuman Primates
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- Part II
- pp 41-76
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- Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects
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- Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
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- ID1. School of Philosophy, Psychology, and La, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh
- ID2. Dept. Psychology, University of Arizona
- ID3. , Department of Psychology, University of Chester
- Jana Uher (1)
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- 1. Comparative Differential and Personality Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, Berlin, 14195, Germany
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