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There's no genetic line between happiness, depression

Updated: Jul 20, 2016 14:01 IST      
There's no genetic line between happiness, depression

Washington D.C, Jul 20 (ANI): It turns out, the same genes that make us prone to depression could also open us to positivity.

Elaine Fox from Oxford University and Chris Beevers from the University of Texas at Austin reviewed a number of studies. They said that there is a need to combine studies in mental health genetics with those that look at cognitive biases.

Beevers noted, "Cognitive biases are when people consistently interpret situations though particular mental 'filters,' when people have a cognitive bias that emphasises negative aspects or thoughts, they are more at risk of mental health disorders. There is a lot of research about these biases and a lot of research about genes that may make people susceptible to mental ill health. However, we suggest that it could make more sense to bring together these two areas of research."

Fox said: "If you take a gene that is linked to mental illness, and compare people who have the same genetic variant, it becomes clear that what happens to their mental health is based on their environment. We suggest that while no gene 'causes' mental ill health, some genes can make people more sensitive to the effects of their environment - for better and for worse."

"If you have those genes and are in a negative environment, you are likely to develop the negative cognitive biases that lead to mental disorders. If you have those genes but are in a supportive environment, you are likely to develop positive cognitive biases that increase your mental resilience," she added.

Fox, who is currently carrying out further research into this combined genetic and environmental effect on our mental filters, intends to see how sets of genes may affect mental health outcomes and how these are moderated by people's environments.

The study appears in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. (ANI)

European Union to continue fight against climate change

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 19:50 IST     

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Scientists understand the formation of sun's spicules

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 11:58 IST     

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Six cups of ground coffee can improve nose, throat surgery

Updated: Jun 21, 2017 08:42 IST     

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Spruce budworm outbreak can put forests at fire risk

Updated: Jun 19, 2017 11:30 IST     

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Updated: Jun 16, 2017 10:31 IST     

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Vicious cycle of 'phone snubbing'

Updated: Jun 14, 2017 13:34 IST     

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Personalised molecular therapy slows progression of tumors

Updated: Jun 13, 2017 13:45 IST     

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Updated: Jun 11, 2017 13:29 IST     

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Male farmers at high risk of contracting 'monkey malaria'

Updated: Jun 10, 2017 10:40 IST     

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Updated: Jun 08, 2017 09:15 IST     

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Certain characteristics linked with ISIS anxiety

Updated: Jun 07, 2017 17:12 IST     

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Updated: Jun 07, 2017 15:25 IST     

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Cells' 'Hail Mary' mechanism to rescue broken chromosomes

Updated: Jun 05, 2017 13:33 IST     

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The Great Barrier Reef is in its last stage, claims study

Updated: Jun 03, 2017 16:31 IST     

London [UK], June 3 (ANI): Last summer, the record high temperatures around the Great Barrier Reef led much of the coral getting bleached, overcooked, diseased and dying off.

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A cold, close brown dwarf discovered near sun

Updated: Jun 03, 2017 11:20 IST     

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Soon, you will be able to charge your electric car in no time

Updated: Jun 02, 2017 10:27 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Jun 2 (ANI): We're on the verge of a power revolution as a team of researchers has brought instant re-charging technology closer to the reality.

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