Complex dynamics and the development of behavioural individuality

David N Fisher* (Corresponding Author), Matthew Brachmann, Joseph B Burant

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•Behavioural differences may arise in the absence of genetic or environmental variation.

•Chaotic dynamics may influence behavioural development and among-individual variation.

•We discuss methods and experimental designs to test this idea.

•Nonlinear and chaotic behavioural development may explain much of natural variation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1-6
Number of pages6
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Early online date21 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Bibliographical note

We thank Kate Laskowski, Tom Sherratt and two anonymous referees for comments that greatly improved the clarity of our argument and the quality of the article in general. We also thank the University of Guelph's Graduate lounge, and Dougie and Pablo's, for providing reasonably priced pints that facilitated the initial discussion.


  • animal personality
  • Behaviour
  • chaos
  • complexity
  • complex systems
  • consistent differences
  • dvelopment
  • stochasticity


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