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Personality in Nonhuman Animals

Editors: Vonk, Jennifer, Weiss, Alexander, Kuczaj, Stan A. (Eds.)

  • Synthesizes the research on personality in non-human animals
  • Links theoretical perspectives to cutting-edge empirical work with a variety of species
  • Extends the research to applications involving conservation and animal welfare
  • Acts as a tribute to the late researcher and psychologist Dr. Stan A. Kuczaj
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This stimulating and comprehensive collection brings together multiple perspectives on the topic of personality in nonhuman animals—linking historical perspectives, theoretical approaches, methods, and cutting-edge discoveries. Experts from various fields describe their findings on species ranging from dogs, cats, chimpanzees, and dolphins to sharks, snakes, and other reptiles. Chapters not only discuss the evolution of personality, but also describe potential applications within the areas of animal-human interactions, animal ethics and welfare, conservation science, and other areas. A key focus is the role of genetics and the environment in determining animal behavior and personality, including related traits, such as creativity and boredom. These chapters present the study of personality in nonhumans as a means by which we can better understand medical and psychological issues specific to our own species as well.

 Chapters include:

·         Exploring factor space (and other adventures) with the Hominoid Personality Questionnaire

·         The quantitative and molecular genetics of individual differences in animal personality

·         Personality, temperament and individuality in reptile behavior

·         What do we want to know about personality in marine mammals?

·         Individual differences in nonhuman animals: examining boredom, curiosity, and creativity

·         The interplay between animal personality and foraging ecology

 Taking significant steps in advancing the study of animal personality, Personality in Nonhuman Animals will engage personality psychologists, comparative psychologists, and behavior ecologists as well as conservationists, zookeepers, livestock managers, and all those interested in the brain and behavior of animals.                     

About the authors

Jennifer Vonk is a comparative cognitive psychologist, who is now full professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, U.S.  She obtained her PhD from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Louisiana before accepting a position at the University of Southern Mississippi where she was a member of the Psychology department until 2011. She is known for studying a variety of cognitive processes in bears, non-human primates, and many other less studied species. She is the co-editor in Chief of Animal Behavior and Cognition, founded by Stanley Kuczaj, and serves as an associate editor on three additional journals. She directs the Laboratory of Cognitive Origins (LoCO) at Oakland University.

Alexander Weiss is a comparative and differential psychologist, and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, U.K. He obtained his PhD from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Personality and Cognition at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, Maryland before joining the Department of Psychology in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh in 2005. He is known primarily for his research on personality and subjective well-being in nonhuman primates and other animals, and for his work on personality, aging, and health in humans and other primates. He is an associate editor at Animal Behaviour.  

Stanley A. Kuczaj is well known for his pioneering research with marine mammals and his early studies of human language development. He graduated from the University of Minnesota's Child Psychology program in 1976 and went on to be chair of Psychology at Southern Methodist University, and later at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he served as chair for over ten years. Stan was the recipient of numerous awards and was the President of the Comparative Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Society/Division 6 of the American Psychological Association at the time of his passing in April, 2016. He was the director of the internationally renowned Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition laboratory where he had supervised dozens of MS and PhD theses and dissertations. At the time of his passing he had published over 125 peer-reviewed publications.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • A History of Animal Personality Research

    Whitham, Will (et al.)

    Pages 3-16

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  • Exploring Factor Space (and Other Adventures) with the Hominoid Personality Questionnaire

    Weiss, Alexander

    Pages 19-38

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  • The Interpersonal Circumplex: A Complementary Approach for Understanding Animal Personality

    Zeigler-Hill, Virgil (et al.)

    Pages 39-53

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  • The Quantitative and Molecular Genetics of Individual Differences in Animal Personality

    Laine, Veronika N. (et al.)

    Pages 55-72

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  • Personality from the Perspective of Behavioral Ecology

    Brommer, Jon E. (et al.)

    Pages 73-107

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Buy this book

eBook 142,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-59300-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 173,67 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-59299-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Personality in Nonhuman Animals
Editors
  • Jennifer Vonk
  • Alexander Weiss
  • Stan A. Kuczaj
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59300-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59300-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59299-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 326
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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