Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Genetics of political behaviors - molecular level

I wanted to bring into a separate post the comment by James Fowler on the post below mentioning his work. "We do have some papers that go to the molecular level, associating drd2, drd4, maoa, and 5htt with various political behaviors. One of these papers has just been published in Journal of Politics, and all of these papers are all available at my website"


  1. Which then begs the question... "..Why do shifts in political ideaology occur in later adulthood?.." :-)

  2. I guess the idea would be that, like any other behavior that is nudged by genetics, adult political behavior is susceptible to cognitive (frontal?) inhibition or alteration, even if there has been an initial genetic/developmental/environmental bias.