Neuroscience of Personality and Individual Differences
Research aimed at discovery and description of the biological substrate of relatively persistent behavioral traits.
Interindividual differences in personality and behavior must derive from underlying variations in the brain. At present, knowledge on the neurobiological foundation of persistent individual differences consists of highly fragmented pieces of information and does not allow a single coherent theory. The following summary represents a selection of evidence that may be helpful in developing such a theory that had the power of making predictions on future behavior, and points at some significant gaps that research must fill in order to proceed.
Neuroscience embraces the vast complexity of the brain and the large variety of different methods for probing its structure and function, ranging from systems analysis to the molecular level. All this is applied in combination with the multitude of human personality theories or is addressing specific less or more...
KeywordsPsychopathic Trait Regional Gray Matter Volume MAOA Genotype Functional Gene Variant Nonshared Environmental Effect
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