Hotheads and tiptoers

The Globe picks up on New York Times story that says “even” non-humans have personalities.

In the burgeoning field of animal personality research, scientists try “to understand why individual members of the same species can be so mulishly themselves, and so unlike one another on a wide variety of behavioural measures,” Natalie Angier reports for The New York Times. “… They have identified hotheads and tiptoers, schmoozers and loners, divas, dullards and fearless explorers, and they have learned that animals, like us, often cling to the same personality for the bulk of their lives. The daredevil chicken of today is the one out crossing the road tomorrow. … Other scientists are exploring personal qualities that span phylogenies and allegories: Recent research suggests that highly sensitive, arty-type humans have a lot in common with squealing pigs and twitchy mice, and that to call a hypersensitive person thin-skinned or touchy might hold a grain of physical truth.”

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