Repeatable aversion across threat types is linked with life-history traits but is dependent on how aversion is measured

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dc.contributor.author Davidson, Gabrielle L.
dc.contributor.author Reichert, Michael S.
dc.contributor.author Crane, Jodie M. S.
dc.contributor.author O'Shea, William
dc.contributor.author Quinn, John L.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-18T11:56:18Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-18T11:56:18Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Davidson, G. L., Reichert, M. S., Crane, J. M. S., O'Shea, W. and Quinn, J. L. (2018) 'Repeatable aversion across threat types is linked with life-history traits but is dependent on how aversion is measured', Royal Society Open Science, 5(2), 172218 (13pp). doi: 10.1098/rsos.172218 en
dc.identifier.volume 5
dc.identifier.issued 2
dc.identifier.startpage 1
dc.identifier.endpage 13
dc.identifier.issn 2054-5703
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6470
dc.identifier.doi 10.1098/rsos.172218
dc.description.abstract Personality research suggests that individual differences in risk aversion may be explained by links with life-history variation. However, few empirical studies examine whether repeatable differences in risk avoidance behaviour covary with life-history traits among individuals in natural populations, or how these links vary depending on the context and the way risk aversion is measured. We measured two different risk avoidance behaviours (latency to enter the nest and inspection time) in wild great tits (Parus major) in two different contexts-response to a novel object and to a predator cue placed at the nest-box during incubation-and related these behaviours to female reproductive success and condition. Females responded equally strongly to both stimuli, and although both behaviours were repeatable, they did not correlate. Latency to enter was negatively related to body condition and the number of offspring fledged. By contrast, inspection time was directly explained by whether incubating females had been flushed from the nest before the trial began. Thus, our inferences on the relationship between risk aversion and fitness depend on how risk aversion was measured. Our results highlight the limitations of drawing conclusions about the relevance of single measures of a personality trait such as risk aversion. en
dc.description.sponsorship FP7 People: Marie-Curie Actions (Career Integration (PCIG12-GA-2012-334 383) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher The Royal Society en
dc.relation.uri http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/5/2/172218
dc.rights © 2018, the Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject Personality en
dc.subject Gaze aversion en
dc.subject Risk-taking en
dc.subject Great tits en
dc.subject Body condition en
dc.subject Life history en
dc.title Repeatable aversion across threat types is linked with life-history traits but is dependent on how aversion is measured en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Gabrielle Davidson, Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: gabrielle.davidson@ucc.ie en
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dc.contributor.funder H2020 European Research Council
dc.contributor.funder Seventh Framework Programme
dc.contributor.funder FP7 People: Marie-Curie Actions
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Royal Society Open Science en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress gabrielle.davidson@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 172218
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7::SP2::ERC/617509/EU/The evolutionary ecology of cognition across a heterogeneous landscape/EVOLECOCOG


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