Review article| Volume 33, ISSUE 2, P345-363, March 2003

Behavior genetics

      Human beings have long noticed individuality in animals. To take just the case of companion animals, it is obvious that even within the same species and the same breed, behavior is not homogeneous; individual animals may be excitable, aggressive, docile or nervous. The sum of these behavioral characteristics is called temperament. An understanding of temperament and the biologic background of individual differences not only contributes to the growth of basic neuroscience research but is important within veterinary medicine because of its great significance in our attempt to find an appropriate relationship for coexistence between human beings and animals.
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