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Animal personalities

That different people differ in their readiness to take risks is an obvious feature of human personality. Theoretical advances now help in making sense of observations of analogous behaviour in animals.

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Bell, A. Animal personalities. Nature 447, 539–540 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/447539a

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