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Single dose of magic mushrooms “may create lasting personality change”

After a single dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, lasting personality changes in volunteers occurred that were larger in magnitude than changes typically observed in healthy adults over decades of life experiences, say Johns Hopkins researchers who are studying the effects of magic mushrooms. Their study, appearing in theJournal of Psychopharmacology, notes that after the age […]

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Season of birth defines personality, but it’s “not astrology,” say researchers

The season in which babies are born can have a dramatic effect on their future risk of neurological disorders, including seasonal affective disorder, bipolar depression and schizophrenia. The findings, published in the journalNature Neuroscience, come from a study into the seasonal imprinting that occurs in babies at birth. “Our biological clocks measure the day length […]

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Personality traits predict fertility

The reproductive success of both men and women is influenced by our personality traits, say University of Sheffield scientists who found that women with higher levels of neuroticism and extraverted men were likely to give birth to a larger number of children. The researchers also found evidence of a link between maternal personality traits and […]

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Personality Encoded In Junk DNA

Researchers have traced social behavior traits, such as monogamy, to differences in the length of seemingly non-functional DNA, sometimes referred to as junk DNA. In the study, researchers at the Yerkes Primate Research Center and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience examined whether the junk DNA associated with the vasopressin receptor gene affected social behavior in […]

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