Toward a Social-Genetic Model of Well-being and Prosociality

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Lead researcher
Dr. Aleksandr Kogan

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Participant re-contact

Institution or company
University of Cambridge

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We are interested in understanding more about the relationship between people’s genetics, personalities, and social experiences in how they shape well-being and perspectives of the world.

This study is examining the relationship between genetic variation of the receptors in the brain for oxytocin, and social and personality factors. It is looking at how these factors, working together, impact on a person’s well-being, their sociability and their prosocial, or altruistic, behaviour.  

Participation: For this study we recruited 453 volunteers from the Cambridge BioResource to complete a series of online questionnaires and games lasting for approximately 40 minutes. 

Organisation: This study is organised by Dr Aleksandr Kogan from the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge.