Personality and individual differences in plasticity

Stamps, Judy A. and Biro, Peter 2016, Personality and individual differences in plasticity, Current opinion in behavioral sciences, vol. 12, pp. 18-23, doi: 10.1016/j.cobeha.2016.08.008.

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Title Personality and individual differences in plasticity
Author(s) Stamps, Judy A.
Biro, PeterORCID iD for Biro, Peter
Journal name Current opinion in behavioral sciences
Volume number 12
Start page 18
End page 23
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-12
ISSN 2352-1546
Summary In the last few years, investigators have documented individual differences in many different types of behavioral plasticity. Of particular interest are individual differences in the temporal plasticity of personality traits over extended (ontogenetic) periods of time, because of the relevance of these data to models of behavioral development. We discuss recent empirical studies of the temporal consistency of personality over ontogeny, and models that make contrasting predictions about individual differences in the developmental trajectories of behavioral traits. In addition, we consider recent advances in studies of relationships between personality traits and particular types of behavioral plasticity, including statistical methods which facilitate analyses of relationships between personality traits, contextual plasticity, temporal plasticity and intraindividual variability, and empirical tests of predicted relationships between personality traits and other types of behavioral plasticity (flexibility, learning rates). As the field of animal personality and behavioral plasticity moves from a largely descriptive to a predictive phase, we suggest that there is ample room for empirical tests of recent models that predict individual differences in behavioral developmental trajectories, and for the development of new formal models that make strong predictions about relationships between personality traits and specific types of behavioral plasticity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.cobeha.2016.08.008
Field of Research 060201 Behavioural Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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