Understanding the evolution of personality requires the study of mechanisms behind the development and life history of personality traits

Trillmich F, Müller T, Müller C (2018)
Biology Letters 14(2): 20170740.

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Research on animal personality explains the coexistence of distinct behavioural phenotypes within a species and demonstrates limits to individual plasticity. However, the mechanisms guiding the lifelong development of personality should receive more attention, because many elements of personality are emergent properties of interactions between the environment and an individual's genetic background. In these interactions, mechanisms (e.g. genetic regulatory networks, epigenetic processes and neuroendocrine regulation) influencing personality may be modified. An approach integrating proximate mechanisms with a view of lifelong personality development will crucially improve understanding stability, plasticity and inter-individual variability of personalities and clarify the effects of selection on the phenomenon.
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Trillmich F, Müller T, Müller C. Understanding the evolution of personality requires the study of mechanisms behind the development and life history of personality traits. Biology Letters. 2018;14(2): 20170740.
Trillmich, F., Müller, T., & Müller, C. (2018). Understanding the evolution of personality requires the study of mechanisms behind the development and life history of personality traits. Biology Letters, 14(2), 20170740. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2017.0740
Trillmich, F., Müller, T., and Müller, C. (2018). Understanding the evolution of personality requires the study of mechanisms behind the development and life history of personality traits. Biology Letters 14:20170740.
Trillmich, F., Müller, T., & Müller, C., 2018. Understanding the evolution of personality requires the study of mechanisms behind the development and life history of personality traits. Biology Letters, 14(2): 20170740.
F. Trillmich, T. Müller, and C. Müller, “Understanding the evolution of personality requires the study of mechanisms behind the development and life history of personality traits”, Biology Letters, vol. 14, 2018, : 20170740.
Trillmich, F., Müller, T., Müller, C.: Understanding the evolution of personality requires the study of mechanisms behind the development and life history of personality traits. Biology Letters. 14, : 20170740 (2018).
Trillmich, Fritz, Müller, Thorben, and Müller, Caroline. “Understanding the evolution of personality requires the study of mechanisms behind the development and life history of personality traits”. Biology Letters 14.2 (2018): 20170740.
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