Abstract # 4641 Event # 192:

Scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2013 08:45 AM-09:45 AM: Session 22 (San Geronimo Ballroom B) Featured Speaker


PERSONALITY IN RHESUS MONKEYS: SOME PROXIMATE, ULTIMATE, AND PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS

J. Capitanio
University of California, Davis, California National Primate Research Center, Davis, CA 95637, USA
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     “Personality” commonly refers to a set of dispositions that describe how an animal relates to its environment. Personality is more than simply descriptive, however, it is also predictive of behavior. Consequently, personality is really about adaptation, and is a construct that can help us understand how different animals can adapt differently to identical situations. Importantly, these differences can have consequences for health and well-being. My research program has focused on the causes and consequences of variation in personality dimensions in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). I will describe recent and current studies of prenatal and early postnatal influences on personality, some physiological mechanisms by which personality may be associated with health outcomes, and implications of variation in personality for fitness-related outcomes, as well as for outcomes associated with management of captive primate colonies.