The heritability of personality factors in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)

Alexander Weiss, James E. King, Aurelio J Figueredo

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Abstract

Human personality and behavior genetic studies have resulted in a growing consensus that five heritable factors account for most variance in human personality. Prior research showed that chimpanzee personality is composed of a dominance-related factor and five human-like factors - Surgency, Dependability, Emotional Stability, Agreeableness, and Openness. Genetic, shared zoo, and nonshared environmental variance components of the six factors were estimated by regressing squared phehotypic differences of all possible pairs of chimpanzees onto 1 - R(ij), where R(ij) equals the degree of relationship and a variable indicating whether the pair was housed in the same zoo. Dominance showed significant narrow-sense heritability. Shared zoo effects accounted for only a negligible proportion of the variance for all factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-221
Number of pages9
JournalBehavior Genetics
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

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Keywords

  • Big Five
  • Chimpanzee
  • Heritability
  • Personality
  • Zoo

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  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Psychology(all)

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The heritability of personality factors in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). / Weiss, Alexander; King, James E.; Figueredo, Aurelio J.

In: Behavior Genetics, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2000, p. 213-221.

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Weiss, Alexander ; King, James E. ; Figueredo, Aurelio J. / The heritability of personality factors in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). In: Behavior Genetics. 2000 ; Vol. 30, No. 3. pp. 213-221.
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