behavioral genetics

In women, the tendency toward procrastination is associated with a genetic predisposition towards a higher level of dopamine in the brain. Researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Technical University of Dresden discovered this using genetic analyses and questionnaires. They were unable to identify this correlation in men. “The neurotransmitter dopamine has repeatedly been associated with… Read more

An individual structural mutation has been linked to the underlying biology of psychosis and treatment response in a new study. The work also found that treatment of psychosis can be targeted to a specific genetic mutation in patients with psychotic disorders. Genetic mutations that have large effects on psychiatric disease risk are rare, with some… Read more

How empathic we are is not just a result of our upbringing and experience but also partly a result of our genes, a new genome-wide association study from the University of Cambridge suggests. Empathy has two components. The ability to recognize another person’s thoughts and feelings, and the ability to respond with an appropriate emotion… Read more

First, let me tell you how smart I am. So smart. My fifth-grade teacher said I was gifted in mathematics and, looking back, I have to admit that she was right. I’ve properly grasped the character of metaphysics as trope nominalism, and I can tell you that time exists, but that it can’t be integrated… Read more

Using whole exome sequencing, combined with machine learning and network analysis, researchers have found new, ultra-rare gene mutations within specific biological pathways that may contribute to eating disorders. Conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and the Eating Recovery Center in Dallas, the study also demonstrates that targeting one of… Read more