Wednesday, February 6, 2013

More on Nature vs. Nurture... this Sunday's Times, "Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart?" (my emphasis):

Like any kind of human behavior, our response to competitive pressure is derived from a complex set of factors — how we were raised, our skills and experience, the hormones that we marinated in as fetuses. There is also a genetic component: One particular gene, referred to as the COMT gene, could to a large degree explain why one child is more prone to be a worrier, while another may be unflappable, or in the memorable phrasing of David Goldman, a geneticist at the National Institutes of Health, more of a warrior.

Or is it all just genetic?

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