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Title: Improving research in the emerging field of cross-cultural sociogenetics : the case of Serotonin
Authors: Minkov, M
Blagoev, V
Bond, MH
Keywords: 5-HTTLPR polymorphisms
Cognition
Culture
Genes
Individualism
IQ
Life-history strategy
Long-term orientation
Neuroticism
Serotonin-transporter gene
Societal hypometropia
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc.
Source: Journal of cross-cultural psychology, 2015, v. 46, no. 3, p. 336-354 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 
Abstract: We offer a critical overview of studies associating genetic differences in the 5-HTTLPR VNTR in the serotonin-transporter gene with societal differences. We also highlight recent findings from individual-level research on 5-HTTLPR generating new hypotheses concerning the effect of genes on culture. We provide an expanded national index reflecting 5-HTTLPR S-allele prevalence as an improved tool for future research. Our preliminary tests of this tool suggest that national S-allele prevalence is not associated with individualism as has been claimed, but with national neuroticism, IQ and school achievement, Hofstede’s fifth dimension of long-term orientation, and Minkov’s societal hypometropia—a measure of risk acceptance and short-term vision in life history strategy. We encourage detailed research of these associations in future studies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/32571
ISSN: 0022-0221
DOI: 10.1177/0022022114563612
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