HW 1 - Andy Gobran Psy 1001 HW 1 In 2003 scientists...

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Andy Gobran Psy 1001 1/26/2011 HW 1 In 2003, scientists discovered a gene that determines a person’s risk of depression in response to unfavorable events. There was a lot of hype about it because finally there was a genetic explanation as to why negative events can cause a person to become depressed, and this allowed patients to finally have the beginnings of an answer as to why they suffer from illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. As the article states, the experiment conducted that resulted in the “breakthrough” published in 2003 was so big because it explained how nature and nurture could combine to cause a complex mood problem. The experiment “…followed 847 people from birth to age 26 and found that those most likely to sink into depression after a stressful event…had a particular variant of a gene involved in the regulation of serotonin”. Serotonin in what signals mood change and those who had the variant gene were more resilient to stressful or negative experiences. Now, after researchers reanalyzed the experiment and
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2011 for the course PSY 1001 taught by Professor Denkinger during the Spring '08 term at Minnesota.

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HW 1 - Andy Gobran Psy 1001 HW 1 In 2003 scientists...

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