Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Pop Psych Project: Procrastination Is In Your Genes (Sort Of) (But Not Completely)

A recent study from the University of Colorado at Boulder confirms a long-held theory among genetic researchers: there is a gene for procrastination.

Here is video of me discussing this issue on 9News:

Click here to watch the video if it does not appear above.

It is hard to believe that personality traits are genetic. We all know people whose personalities are very different from their parents, after all.

In order to clear up some confusion about what it means to have a gene for procrastination (or anything else for that matter), here are five facts that might help:

1. There is a difference between a person's genotype (his/her genetic make-up) and that person's phenotype (his/her set of observable characteristics that are dictated by both genes and environment).

For example, a person's genes dictate, to some extent, how tall he will be. But, if he was malnourished as a child, he will be shorter than if he was well-fed.

The same is true of personality characteristics. Many are genetically linked, but the environment in which a person grows up strongly influences the expression of those genes. 

2. Most studies have shown that, with regard to personality and intelligence, genes account for about 50% of a person's phenotype and the environment accounts for the other 50%.

3. Many genetic personality traits are linked to the same gene--one that controls the number of dopamine receptors we have in our brains.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that gives us a highly pleasurable sensation when it is released. Depending on genetics (and the environment in which we grow up) the number of dopamine receptors in our brains can vary. Here is a quick list of some of the personality traits that have been specifically linked to the dopamine gene:


4. Remember all that information about Dominant and Recessive genes that you learned in high school biology class? Most genes don't actually work that way. At least not completely. 

Genes are messy. Some are recessive. Some are dominant. Some cross over. Some mix with one another. A good example of this can be seen in the children of multiracial families. When a person with dark skin has children with a person with light skin, very often their children have skin tones that are somewhere in between the two parents. We know skin tone is genetic and if it were a strictly dominant/recessive issue, the children would end up having skin tone exactly like that of one of their parents.

5. Genes are not our (complete) destiny. With certain traits, such as height or intelligence, our genes dictate an upper limit--under ideal environmental circumstances, our genes will flourish and allow us to achieve our full potential. And, if we have 'bad' genes (like a gene for Diabetes), those genes may make it easier to get sick. But, our environment plays a huge role in the expression of our genes (our phenotype). So, you may have a slightly harder time solving a puzzle, or finishing a project on time, or avoiding certain diseases. But, living a healthy lifestyle can go a long way toward manipulating your phenotype in a positive way.

And, as parents, you have a lot of control over how your kids develop, so try not to mess them up too badly.

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.


The plastics industry has been really pushing chanel replica on the green bandwagon, saying plastic is better because it weighs less than glass hublot replica. But there are so many other considerations chemicals and toxicity, the harm that's being done to wildlife. It's omega replica
a false dichotomy because the answer really is rolex replica cutting consumption. medications, etc.?

The actual Enforcer may be the best example associated with wise feeling as well as iwc replica sale. Google android Mens Revolver forty eight Stainless Leather-based Straps WatchThe revolver got its title in the distinctive form of the situation, that is patterned following a six-shooter’s ammo drum. This will come in dark, gunmetal or even silver-tone. You will find actually hublot replica uk catalog guns situated in the unusual hr jobs which look like the actual ideas associated with packed principal points. The crosshair represents the middle of the actual call as well as Miyota 2035 quartz motion retains this particular view ticking aside. The ultimate fascinating function associated with breitling replica sale view may be the dark leather-based straps, along with 3 fake silver-tone principal points buckled within upon possibly aspect. Whenever you put on the actual Revolver, everybody may understand a person imply company. Google android Mens Mystique Ceramic Skeletal system Automated Alligator rolex replica sale WatchAutomatic motion is actually a terrific way to energy a wrist watch, however it's also the pity to cover everything wonderful technologies below a good opaque call. The actual skeletonized call from the Mystique really removes the actual secret associated with mechanised motion through placing this upon show for those to determine. The actual stylish ceramic situation rolex replica within colour choices associated with navy blue, whitened, dark brown or even dark also it links effortlessly using the real alligator leather-based straps. The actual Mystique is really a powerful watch out for a great guy.

Every student has different requirements and different capabilities. Program selection is a tough task for students due to different mindsets. Selection of a program in international university depends upon age, academic background, and English language knowledge can be gained through online essay writers as well.

I really had a great time with your post! I am looking forward to read more blog post regarding this! Well written

I must appreciate the way you have expressed your feelingsthrough your blog!..
run 3

This comment has been removed by the author.

This blog is so nice to me. I will continue to come here again and again. Visit my link as well. Good luck
obat aborsi

Great article! Thank you to provide us this useful information. visit other- flip diving apk classmates login

All the best blogs that is very useful for keeping me share the ideas of the future as well this is really what I was looking for, and I am
very happy to come here. Thank you very much
animal jam codes | five nights at freddy's 4 | hotmail login

The share your really gives us excitement. Thanks for your sharing. If you feel tired at work or study try to participate in our games to bring the most exciting feeling. Thank you!
hotmail sign in | red ball game |

If you want to learn more about scientific conclusion of procrastination then you must join Udemy Online learning Courses and simply learn about limitless courses and subjects.

This post is really informative. thanks for sharing. Avast Keygen

Great post,Thanks a lot for the kind of perfect topic I have not a lot of information about it but I have got an extra unique info in your unique post. Agen Poker Online Terpercaya

A nice to read the Statements University of Colorado at Boulder confirms a long-held theory among genetic researchers. Apart from the providing Quality top assignment writing service UK to learners at Quality Assignment UK, I have interested to watch such kind of video which are related to personality and so good to read a nice blog about Procrastination is in your genes.

Wow. good post. I’d like to write like this too , taking time and real hard work to make a great article. Thanks for sharing. Bonus Deposit Poker

That’s awesome! This post gives truly quality information. I love this post it very interesting and helpful for us, Thank for sharing all, Thank you so much. Poker Bonus Deposit Terbesar

It is a good and amazing article. Your information is very useful for me and for others. thank you so much. BoyaQQ

This article is very good, I like this article, thanks for posting. Link Alternatif BoyaQQ

Good Job And continue to make useful articles.
Link Alternatif BoyaQQ

Your articles were very nice and full of information.

Thanks for your sharing! The information your share is very useful to me and many people are looking for them just like me! Thank you! I hope you have many useful articles to share with everyone!
slither io

Thanks for sharing nice information with us. I really liked this part of the article, This is truly awesome article. Bonus Member Baru Poker Online

I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article , Your article very well and good, thanks for posting. Judi Capsa

This is so interesting, I have never seen this before , Nice Post. Bandar Domino

Thanks for this wonderful post and hoping to post more of this. Bandar QQ

Very helpful advice in this particular post! It’s the little changes that make the largest changes. Thanks for sharing!
minecraft 2 | baixar facebook | baixar whatsapp | facebook baixar

Thanks, guys you always provide useful information through your articles
Agen Domino

Really a nice content i am going to bookmark your site thanks
Domino QQ

Your blog information is nice and friendly. This post is very helpful for me. Thank for post.
Judi Ceme

This comment has been removed by the author.

great post. I really like your point of view!
Bandar Ceme

I need to think that one through, thanks for posting.
Domino Qiu Qiu

Great article, I was very impressed about it, wish you would have stayed next share
atari breakout game | super mechs | | run 2

The article you have shared here very awesome. I really like and appreciated your work. I read deeply your article, the points you have mentioned in this article are useful
red ball 3 | strikeforce kitty 2 | geometry dash 2.0 | happy wheels

Thanks for sharing these useful information! This is really interesting information for me.
- hotmail login
- hotmail sign up
- hotmail sign in

This is really interesting information for me. Thanks for sharing!
- google mail
- gmail login
- gmail sign up
- gmail sign in

This is great, you are good, i like your post and i still waiting our next post
Bandar Ceme

Absolutely really Amazing Articel and good point in there.
Thanks shared.

This is impressive and also great information, This is excellent.
Judi Domino

This is really very nice blog and so informative, I would like to thank you for all the information you give.
Domino 99

Nice Post, and good Information for this site.
Thanks for shared!!

The information which you people are given are really good, These look really great.

This is great, you are good, i like your post and i still waiting our next post
Bandar Ceme

Judi Ceme

Bandar Ceme Online

Bandar Ceme Terpercaya

Your product is beautiful, I will buy this wife a set of products
usps tracking

This is really very nice blog and so informative. Thanks a lot for sharing this article.

Thanks for writing such a good article, I stumbled onto your blog and read a few post. I like your style of writing..
Hollywood Story Hack

Nice Post, and good Information for this site.
Thanks for shared!!

Thank you for sharing this article with us! I believe there will be more people like me, they can find many interesting things in this article of you!
slither io

Thanks for posting, this is really amazing.
BandarQQ Online

Some of these information are really amazing. Thank you for giving me good information.
Situs BandarQQ

I would like to thank you for all the information you give. information your is useful to me.
BandarQQ Terpercaya

Your article is awesome! How long does it take to complete this article? I have read through other blogs, but they are cumbersome and confusing. I hope you continue to have such quality articles to share with everyone! I believe there will be many people who share my views when they read this article from you!
io games

Thanks shared.
I need to think that one through, thanks for posting.
Domino qiu qiu

Thank you for your post, I look for such article along time. myself very happy to read it because it can give me more insight,thanks.
dewa poker

I found a lot of interesting information here. A really good post, very thankful and hopeful that you will write many more posts like this one.

thanks, your article its very nice, this blog is give me more insight..

raja poker
raja poker

Good articles are here, this web give me a lot of info.

This is phenomenal data for understudies. This article is remarkably useful I truly like this blog grateful. I additionally have a couple of data material for online paper offer assistance.
chandigarh escorts
escorts in Udaipur
Delhi Escorts Service
Delhi escorts
Jaipur Escorts

Post a Comment


Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites More