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The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences$
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David M. Buss and Patricia H. Hawley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372090

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372090.001.0001

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Evolutionary Processes Explaining the Genetic Variance in Personality: An Exploration of Scenarios

Evolutionary Processes Explaining the Genetic Variance in Personality: An Exploration of Scenarios

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(p.338) 12 Evolutionary Processes Explaining the Genetic Variance in Personality: An Exploration of Scenarios
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The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences
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Steven W. Gangestad

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372090.003.0012

This chapter has two major aims. First, to describe the primary scenarios under which genetic variation in phenotypic individual differences is maintained, and illustrate how they have been or could be applied to an understanding of genetic variation in personality traits. Second, to stress the need for psychologists interested in these matters to develop plausible ways to test particular models. At this point, there is no dearth of general proposals about the evolutionary processes that account for genetic variation in personality. Currently, however, there are few compelling tests of the possibilities in the literature.

Keywords:   genetic variation, individual differences, personality traits, evolutionary process, tests

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