Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2021

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Experimental Psychology

Committee Chair

Megan Matheson

Second Committee Member

Mary Radeke

Third Committee Member

Jessica Mayhew


Primatology is a multidisciplinary field primarily made up of anthropologists, biologists, psychologists, and those involved in conservation. Personality research regarding nonhuman primates is conducted by many different disciplines. The concept of personality encompasses many topics and belief systems, and the focus of nonhuman primate personality research often depends on the discipline of the investigators. In the modern age of scholarship, the dissemination of information across disciplines is paramount for the purposes of education, research collaboration, and general primate welfare. This study examined the current opinions of primatologists regarding nonhuman primate personality psychology. No significant relationship between the opinions and primary disciplines of primatologists was found. This indicates a healthy dissemination of knowledge related to nonhuman primate personality across primatology. A statistically significant relationship was found between the belief that dominance is a personality trait and that abnormal behavior is related to personality.

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