Abstract # 117:

Scheduled for Friday, August 19, 2005 09:30 AM-12:00 PM: Session 9 (Crystal Ballroom) Symposium

Primate Personality: Past, present and progress?

L. Murray1, A. Weiss2 and S. D. Gosling3
1University College Chester, Dept. of Psychology, Parkgate Road, Chester, Cheshire CH1 4BJ, England, 2National Institute on Aging, 3The University of Texas at Austin
     This symposium will bring together researchers who have carried out studies on individual differences in personality in a variety of primate species. Personality can be defined as individuals’ characteristic patterns of cognition, affect, and behavior that persist across time and situations. Personality traits almost certainly reflect both genetic and environmental influences, as well as the complex interplay between the two. The talks in this symposium will focus on evaluating the current state of knowledge about primate personality and on identifying promising areas of future research. Topics to be discussed will include: 1) personality’s relation to variables such as age, sex, social behaviors (e.g., grooming, play, aggression, dominance) and physiological functioning (e.g., neuroendocrine and immune measures); 2) personality development and stability; 3) the generalizability of findings across habitats; 4) the prediction of behavior and other outcomes; and 5) the pros and cons of different personality assessment methods.