Positive Risk-Taking Research Paper by Champ

Positive Risk-Taking
This paper examines research regarding a gene related to thrill-seeking behavior.
# 98562 | 6,238 words | 19 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Oct 03, 2007 in Biology (Molecular and Cell) , Psychology (Behaviorism) , Biology (Genetics) , Sociology (General)

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In this article, the writer discusses that there are scientists that now say that the 'thrill-seeking gene' has been discovered. The writer notes that, according to researchers, people who have this gene are somewhat more likely to be outgoing, adventurous types who like to bungee jump, skydive, and mountain climb. Some of the research suggests that people with this gene can also be prone to violence, but this is more due to environmental factors and not due entirely to the gene itself. The writer relates that the gene, known to scientists as D4DR, is found on a specific chromosome and thought to be the cause of thrill-seeking behavior. The writer concludes that scientists have been fascinated with this type of issue for many, many years, but this is not necessarily a good thing in some respects, as there are sometimes reasons why specific issues should be left alone instead of changed or addressed by science.

The Research
The Opposite of Thrill Seekers
Personality Theories
Other Influences

From the Paper:

"In the studies performed in Israel and the United States, people were asked to fill out a personality questionnaire. After they had completed the questionnaire, they had their blood drawn and genetically analyzed. The analysis showed that people who had questionnaire answers that were more excitable and exploratory also had the longer version of the thrill seeking gene. Those whose answers were more reflective and reserved had the shorter version. It may not actually be the gene, but the size of the gene that is relevant in relation to thrill seeking behavior."
"Circumstances surrounding the person's upbringing and adult life could also have a definite effect on how the person displays their thrill seeking tendencies. According to researchers, the person could turn out to be a war hero, an extreme skier, or a violent murderer, depending on the circumstances they are in and the outlets that they can find in which to express their desire for thrill seeking behavior."

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