|Primate Personality Net is a research network dedicated to the
scientific investigation of 'personality differences' and social relationships
in primate species.
Individual-specific behaviours - that is 'personality' differences
- can be found in a wide range of species including apes and monkeys. From
an evolutionary perspective, individual-specificity is assumed to reduce the pressure of competition between members of a
to represent a variability reservoir for the species' successful
adaptation to future ecological changes.
What kinds of individual-specific behaviours emerge in different primate species? What
particular approaches and methods are therefore needed? Why do some individuals get along with each other, while others do not?
Are there any differences between different primate species and if so how could
these be explained?
Answering these questions can contribute to our understanding
of how and why individual-specific patterns in behaviour emerge in different species and how they
may influence social
relationships. This could also help solving current problems in animal welfare, zoo management and
captive breeding, especially in highly endangered species, such as
acknowledge funding from the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG (German Science Foundation); grant nr.
UH249/1-1) when hosted at Free
University Berlin, Germany during 2010-2013.