Cutting Edge Lecture: Nature or Nurture - Do genes actually determine your personality?
By Roberta Palmour (Departments of Psychiatry and Human Genetics, McGill)
That behavioural traits are influenced by genes is now well established, and every couple of weeks the popular press reports a new gene for this medical disorder or that behavioural trait. In this presentation we will explore the evidence that personality is heritable, and how specific genes might or might not contribute to the behavioural traits that make up personality, both in humans and in other vertebrate species.
Dr. Palmour has been studying the monkeys in St. Kitts for 25 years in order to try to understand if personality traits are genetically predetermined. She's a professor of psychiatry and human genetics. You can hear an interview about her research insights at CBC All in a weekend last year. PHOTO: Shows Dr. Roberta Palmour and Heliconia in St. Kitt's.
Generously supported by Faculty of Medicine Research and Graduate Studies (Marianna Newkirk, Associate Dean Research), Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Chandra Madramootoo, Dean), Faculty of Science (Martin Grant, Dean), Faculty of Arts (Chris Manfredi, Dean) and the Centre for Applied Mathematics in Bioscience and Medicine (CAMBAM).