social behavior

SNPwatch: We Care a Lot

December 12, 2011
The hormone oxytocin has garnered many names in the media, from the “cuddle chemical” to the “morality molecule,” and it’s clear that it impacts social bonding. A new study suggests that people with at least one A at – a SNP in the oxytocin receptor gene called OXTR – are readily perceived by others as being less empathetic than GG individuals.
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SNPwatch: Believe It Or Not, Researchers Find Genetic Variant Linked To Gullibility

April 01, 2010
We’ve all fallen for a prank at some point or another — whether it be “hey, your shoe’s untied” or getting surprised at your birthday party after your friend asks...
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Selected to Elect?

July 23, 2008
On the heels of his previous paper finding that participating in political activities such as voting is influenced in part by genes, political scientist James Fowler and his graduate student...
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