Genetic influences are virtually absent for trust

P.A.M. van Lange, A.A.E. Vinkhuyzen, D. Posthuma

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Over the past decades, numerous twin studies have revealed moderate to high heritability estimates for individual differences in a wide range of human traits, including cognitive ability, psychiatric disorders, and personality traits. Even factors that are generally believed to be environmental in nature have been shown to be under genetic control, albeit modest. Is such heritability also present in social traits that are conceptualized as causes and consequences of social interactions or in other ways strongly shaped by behavior of other people? Here we examine a population-based sample of 1,012 twins and relatives. We show that the genetic influence on generalized trust in other people (trust-in-others: h
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere93880
Pages (from-to)e93880
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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