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Personality assessment in human and nonhuman species

Kate, M. ten (2009) Personality assessment in human and nonhuman species. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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An overarching framework which integrates personality assessments from biology and psychology has not yet been developed. Personality is a term addressing the differences among individuals in biology and psychology. The questions of interest and point of view differ between the two domains. Psychology uses questionnaires based on language, where the most prominent one is the Big Five factors analyses, which analyses five personality dimensions in humans. Studies on animal personalities are relatively young and often based on behavioural measurements in biology. The methods differ in a way that makes it very difficult to compare humans with animals. Research indicates that animals have a personality which in some domains similar with humans, but too different in order to be measured with the Big Five. The theoretical method called the behavioural repertoire bottom-up approach first looks at the spontaneous behaviour after which the trait domains are identified. This method might be a starting point in the development of an overarching framework.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:29
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:29

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