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Siblings, Genes, and Human Personality

October 21, 2019

Sibling genetics pose an interesting question: Why do two children from the same family turn out very differently? If two people have the same biological parents, grow up in the same home, live in the same town, go to the same schools, and have similar experiences, what explains the differences in personality? […]

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The Role of the Environment in Shaping Personality

October 20, 2019

Behavioral geneticists suggest that special talents are often “emergenic”—that is, a configuration of many genes that determine a particular personality trait. For example, geniuses and prodigies require a precise combination of abilities and interests. This article unpacks emergenic traits and considers what role, if any, the environment plays in human personality. […]

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Shared Environments, Different Personalities

October 20, 2019

Genetics and the environment both play a role in determining human personality, but researchers have been surprised by just how the environment affects us. In research parlance, “unshared environments” are more important than “shared environments.” Let’s find out why. […]

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Unpacking Human Behavior: The Gene-Environment Correlation

October 9, 2019

The old debate about nature versus nurture has evolved into a nuanced conversation about “hereditability.” Both genetic and environmental factors play a role in human behavior, and researchers have explored many facets of the “gene-environment correlation.” […]

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Nature and Nurture: The Root of Human Behavior

October 8, 2019

Nature versus nurture—genetics versus the environment—is an old debate in psychology. When it comes to understanding human behavior, what’s most intriguing is the relationship that nature and nurture share. Learn about the interplay between the two factors and the resulting expressions of personality. […]

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Personality and the Nature-Nurture Debate

October 7, 2019

Human behavior is a fascinating field of study. Anyone who has ever taken a psychology class is familiar with the nature-nurture debate. Explore our latest understanding of this dichotomy and what we know about human behavior and personality. […]

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Evolution and Behavior: Fear, Aggression, and Overeating

July 18, 2019

When we look at our proclivity for violence, and at the obesity epidemic, it seems like humans are bringing about their own destruction. But evolution and behavior are closely intertwined, and these tendencies were once paradoxically linked to survival. Do they still serve us in the modern age, though? […]

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Evolutionary Psychology and Fundamental Human Needs

July 18, 2019

Most of us are driven by five fundamental human characteristics, which include the desires for acceptance and security, as well as seemingly irrational fears. Discover how these fears and desires can be traced to our ancient ancestors. […]

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How Evolutionary Psychology Informs Behavior

July 18, 2019

Evolutionary psychology helps us to better understand behavioral patterns by linking them to our early ancestors. We’ll trace the journey of evolutionary psychology in academia, beginning with Charles Darwin. We’ll then explore how this type of psychology fell out of fashion, but eventually re-emerged. […]

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Analyzing Gender Differences in Psychology

April 30, 2019

Nine out of 10 prison inmates are men. What accounts for such startling gender differences in terms of psychology? Discover how cultural forces, society, and other factors converge, leading to such dramatic contrasts. […]

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