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Is your personality shaped by your gut bacteria? Study suggests sociable people have more diverse microbiome

A new study from Oxford University, published in the journal Human Microbiome, has linked gut bacteria strains and diversity with people’s personalities. That ...
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Aggression, trainability and other dog traits linked to genetics in study

Among 101 dog breeds, scientists found that certain behavioral traits such as trainability or aggression were more likely to be shared ...
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Are first-borns really more assertive? How birth order affects personality

In spite of sharing genes and environments, siblings are often not as similar in nature as one might think. But ...
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How your personality is influenced by your physical appearance

Known as “facultative personality calibration”, this is the idea that our personalities develop in a way that best suits the ...
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Is personality influenced by birth order? New studies challenge ‘conventional wisdom’

Birth order, according to conventional wisdom, molds personality: Firstborn children, secure with their place in the family and expected to ...
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Personality research: A bright spot in the midst of psychology’s ‘replication crisis’

While psychology has been mired in a “replication crisis” recently – based on the failure of contemporary researchers to recreate ...
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Drug use linked to impulsiveness in genetic study

Some of the same genes that influence a person’s propensity toward impulsiveness also affect whether or not he or she ...
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Have addictive personalities aided human evolution?

We’re so inundated with bleak facts about addiction that it may be hard to perceive any silver lining. It’s nearly ...
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Do you find psychopaths attractive? You may be one yourself

In 2005, Scott Peterson was convicted of the murder of his wife Laci and her unborn child. During the first ...
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How much can we blame our genes for addictive behavior?

Of all the people who try alcohol or illegal drugs, only 10 to 20 percent get addicted. No single gene ...
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‘Affective presence’: It’s what helps others decide if you are likable

Some people can walk into a room and instantly put everyone at ease. Others seem to make teeth clench and ...
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Are some people just ‘jerks’? New study identifies four major personality types

Personality type tests are hugely popular, though if you ask working psychologists, they’ll tell you the results are little better ...
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Searching for the origins of the ‘dark traits’ of humanity

We all know people who consistently display ethically, morally, and socially questionable behavior in everyday life. Personality psychologists refer to ...