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Impulsive in ture? Parents to be blamed

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 Dec 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, Dec 9: If your child is impulsive, do not blame him or her. It is something that may have been inherited from you as new research has linked such behaviour with “impulsivity” genes. “Delay discounting” is the tendency strongly influenced by our genetic makeup. It gradually improves as teegers get older and when given the choice, to take a smaller reward that is available immediately, instead of a larger reward that will be delivered in the future. Identifying the “delay discounting” genes are important for understanding the basis of psychiatric disorders, especially addictions and other disorders that involve impulsive decision-making. For this, Andrey Anokhin and his colleagues from the Washington University’s school of medicine did a study of 602 twins. The results suggest that “delay discounting” gradually improves as teegers get older — such that 18 year-olds have a greater ability or tendency to wait for the larger delayed reward, as compared to younger teegers. Apart from age, genes accounted for about half of the difference among individuals in their level of delay discounting. Many genes are likely to influence “delay discounting” and the data suggest that these “impulsivity genes” may include genes coding for enzymes that synthesise the neurotransmitter serotonin and receptors where serotonin binds in the brain. (IANS)

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