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Genetics of Psychological Well-Being: The role of heritability and genetics in positive psychology

Michael Pluess


The science of psychological well-being has gained a lot of interest in the last decade. While it has been shown that psychological well-being is partly heritable, research focused on the investigation of specific genetic factors related to well-being emerged only in the last few years. This relatively new research explores not only heritability based on traditional twin study designs, but also includes studies combining some of the most recent molecular genetic techniques and methods. This book summarizes the state of knowledge regarding heritability and molecular genetics in positive psychol ... More

Keywords: psychological well-being, positive psychology, heritability, quantitative behavioral genetics, molecular genetics, candidate genes, genome-wide association study, GWAS, gene–environment interaction, epigenetics

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199686674
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Pluess, editor
Associate Professor in Psychology, Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London

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Section 1 Basic concepts

Chapter 2 The genetic and epigenetic essentials of modern humans

Robert A. Philibert and Steven R. H. Beach

Section 2 Quantitative behavioral genetics of psychological well-being

Chapter 7 Virtue, values, genes, and psychological well-being

Richard P. Ebstein, Rachel Bachner-Melman, Yunfeng Lu, Soo Hong Chew, and Qiang Shen

Chapter 9 The genetics and evolution of covitality

Alexander Weiss and Michelle Luciano

Section 3 Molecular genetics of psychological well-being

Chapter 10 Molecular genetics of psychological well-being

Meike Bartels and Bart M. L. Baselmans

Chapter 11 Molecular genetics of resilience

Sierra Clifford and Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant

Section 4 Application and implication