Metaphysics & Psychology
Niceness - are we born with it ?
By T.K. Randall
April 12, 2012 · 29 comments
Image Credit: Tom Ellenberger
Is generosity a trait that we develop through our life experiences or do our genes have a hand in it ?
Psychologists at the University at Buffalo and the University of California have conducted new research that suggests that while not exclusively so, how nice we are to other people is to some extent influenced by our genes. Studies have linked two hormones, oxytocin and vasopressin, to the way we treat others. "The study found that these genes combined with people's perceptions of the world as a more or less threatening place to predict generosity," said study author Michel Poulin.
Michel Poulin, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at UB, is the principal author of the study "The Neurogenics of Niceness," published in this month in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
Source: Science Daily
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