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Do your genes affect your politics?

Dr. Gregg Murray

We all know one. A political diehard — a leftwing, rightwing, or staunchly independent defender of the faith. They’re the sort of person whose opinions absolutely cannot, will not be swayed, regardless of how many facts, tacts, or friendly discussions you throw at them, and they always seem ready for a battle of wits. Talking to someone like that can be infuriating.

But what if those deeply personal opinions — that person’s political ideology — weren’t just skin deep? What if they were, in part, shaped by that person’s genes? Could such a thing be possible?

That’s the subject of Political Science Chair Dr. Gregg Murray‘s latest column in Psychology Today.

“…The idea that genes affect political ideology was unexpected when initially published in a high-profile political science journal,” Murray writes. “It remains controversial today despite substantial evidence.”

Read Murray’s full column to learn more.

Psychology Today: How To Explain How Genes Affect Politics

July 23, 2017

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Nick Garrett

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