Pessimists may be genetically predisposed to see the world darkly: new UBC study

National Post:

Some people are genetically predisposed to seeing the world darkly, according to a new Canadian study that adds to a recent raft of research acknowledging biology’s role in shaping a person’s perspective, positive or negative.

The study found a particular gene variant can cause some people to see emotional events — especially negative ones — more vividly than peers who don’t carry the gene.

According to the lead author, University of British Columbia psychology professor Rebecca Todd, it’s the first study to find this genetic variation deeply affects how people see and experience their world. It was published in the current issue of Psychological Science.

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