Kate’s manuscript on the repeatability of social and escape behaviors across developmental stages in male and female hamsters was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A! In this study, Kate showed that individuals’ social behavior scores were repeatable within the juvenile stage, but not across developmental stages. In contrast, escape behavior scores were highly repeatable across developmental stages, but males’ scores were more repeatable than females’ scores. Collectively, her results suggest that personality traits associated with social behavior are less stable across development, while behaviors associated with stress could be a more permanent feature of an individual’s behavioral phenotype. In addition, her findings suggest that there are sex differences in the long-term repeatability of personality.
A link for the manuscript can be found under the “Publications” page and can also be accessed here.