Friday, February 25, 2005

242: He Thinks He's People

Science - He Thinks He's People:
Gosling's results indicate that although each species may have its own unique characteristics, fundamental traits are so universal that it's possible to describe humans and animals through terminology designed for either. For example, “openness” in humans is better characterized as “curiosity” in animals. And he found that the traits of neuroticism, agreeableness, and extraversion cut across all species. “Personality ratings are as predictive in dogs as in humans,” says Gosling. He believes that a more thorough understanding of animal personalities can aid research in humans by facilitating the hunt
for biological and genetic bases of personality.

There you go. Common descent of personality.