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Genetics of Psychological Well-BeingThe role of heritability and genetics in positive psychology$
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Michael Pluess

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686674.001.0001

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Imaging genetics of positive psychology

Imaging genetics of positive psychology

(p.230) Chapter 14 Imaging genetics of positive psychology
Genetics of Psychological Well-Being

Hans Melo

Adam Anderson

Oxford University Press

Recent advances in functional neuroimaging and molecular genetics have given rise to a synthetic approach referred to as Imaging Genetics, with great potential to develop a more fine-grained neurobiological characterization of optimal human functioning. The goal of imaging genetics is to identify mid-level phenotypes, or endophenotypes, in the form of brain activity patterns that reveal genetic influences on specific cognitive and emotional neural processes in the path from genes to behavior, and disorder. Recent years have seen increasing interest in understanding the genetic and neural basis of optimal human function. In this context, optimal functioning is not defined as the absence of disease, but rather as the characteristics and conditions that allow a person to live well, thrive, and flourish. This chapter introduces the imaging genetics approach by providing methodological considerations, and discusses relevant studies and future directions that may relate to the field of positive psychology.

Keywords:   Imaging Genetics, molecular genetics, neuroimaging, positive psychology, endophenotype

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