University of Georgia

Could wear and tear on the 'love hormone' gene make us less social?

Could wear and tear on the 'love hormone' gene make us less social?

We intuitively know that our personalities and temperaments — whether we’re introverts or extroverts, how we respond to novelty or adversity, whether we’re hard-driving or laid back — are the result of a complex interaction of nature and nurture.

We likely start with some general social tendencies established by genes inherited from our parents. But it seems equally evident that experience matters. Did you grow up beloved or neglected? Have your surroundings and people close to you encouraged confident exploration or grim self-protection? What has happened when you stumbled? The answers, we suspect, play a role in sculpting the social selves we come to be...

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