Variation in DRD2 dopamine gene predicts Extraverted personality
Luke D Smillie, Andrew J Cooper, Petroula Proitsi, John F Powell, Alan D Pickering
NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2010
Quantitative geneticists estimate the heritability of Extraverted personality to be around 40-60%. Theory and research which links Extraversion with variation in dopaminergic function suggests that dopaminergic genes should be a start-point for molecular genetic investigations of this trait. Recent endeavours in this area have met with some encouragement but also setbacks. In this study, we investigate the relationship between Extraversion and the DRD2 TaqIA/ANKK1 polymorphism in 224 university students. Presence of at least one copy of the A1 allele was associated with significantly higher Extraversion. The robustness of this finding was confirmed through bootstrap analysis. Findings are di..View full abstract
Awarded by British Academy
Awarded by Alzheimers Research UK
The first author would like to acknowledge financial support from the British Academy (PDF/2006/291 and SG-44287) and the University of London Central Research Fund (AR/CRF/B).