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Personality in Nonhuman Animals: Comparative Perspectives and Applications
Personality in Nonhuman Animals: Comparative Perspectives and Applications
Jennifer Vonk Taryn Eaton

Until recently it was considered inappropriate for scientists to apply the construct of personality to nonhuman animals (see Loyer and Ha, 2017). Personality was sometimes considered to be an anthropomorphic term best ascribed only to those with personhood (Waters et al., 2017). Even when using less controversial terms, such as temperament, early researchers struggled to find acceptance for their pioneering work (see Whitham and Washburn, 2017 for a review of the history of the field). The tide has turned in recent decades, with a renewed enthusiasm for empirical approaches to studying animal welfare, along with a reluctant ...

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