Socially Awkward? Check Your Genes

by Michael Torrice from Science

"Some people can read your face and know you've had a bad day. Others seem oblivious. Now, researchers have pinpointed a genetic explanation for why some people are better empathizers than others.

Empathy is crucial for our everyday social interactions. Neuroscientists have focused on a possible role for oxytocin, a hormone that seems to help us get along. Human volunteers trust others more to dole out money fairly when under the influence of the hormone, for example. And recently, scientists have linked a variation, or polymorphism, in the gene that codes for the oxytocin receptor to autism, a disorder defined by impaired social interactions..."

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