Same Gene Makes You Gloomy and Optimistic

by Tanya Thomas on  September 20, 2011 at 9:38 PM Research News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Font : A-A+

A new study has revealed that the gene responsible for making people "gloomy" - the short version of the 5-HTTLPR, could also help them in being more positive.
 Same Gene Makes You Gloomy and Optimistic
Same Gene Makes You Gloomy and Optimistic

Elaine Fox and his colleagues from the University of Essex in Colchester, UK, tested the volunteers of the study by performing computer exercises on them that would test how quickly they could identify a target placed over a positive or negative image shown side by side.

In some of the exercises, the team always flashed positive or negative images on the targets - 62 people with the short variant of the gene and 54 with the long version.

It was observed that targets with the short variation adapted themselves to this bias of being flashed with similar images and identified the target 40 to 60 milliseconds faster as compared to when the target was randomly assigned whereas the reactions of those with the long variant remained somewhat unaffected.

"The short version is not just a vulnerability variant," New Scientist quoted Fox as saying.

Source: ANI

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

DNA Finger Printing 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive