Genetics of Psychological Well-Being: The role of heritability and genetics in positive psychology

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In the past decade there has been an explosion of research into the psychology of well-being. While we know that psychological well-being is partly heritable, it is only recently that researchers have started to investigate the specific genetic factors that influence well-being. Such researchexplores not only heritability, based on traditional twin study designs, but also includes studies combining some of the most recent molecular genetic techniques and methods.This landmark book summarizes the state of knowledge regarding heritability and molecular genetics in positive psychology. Divided into four parts, it starts by exploring the basics of genetics and associated research methodology, providing the reader with the knowledge required to understand theempirical work presented throughout the volume. The second part of the book focuses on heritability estimates of the most important positive psychology concepts based on quantitative behavioural genetics studies. In the third section of the book, results from more recent molecular genetics studiesare presented including candidate gene, gene-environment interaction, as well as genome-wide association studies. This section also contains chapters on epigenetics and imaging genetics, both relatively new methodologies that are just about to make their way into the field of positive psychology.The fourth and final part of the book discusses more overarching questions regarding the roles of genes and environment in the development of well-being as well as a review and discussion of the current state of knowledge and future direction in this new field of inquiry.The first book of its kind, Genetics of Psychological Well-Being is a major contribution to the positive psychology literature, and important for all those in the fields of positive psychology, psychiatric genetics, and well-being.

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In the past decade there has been an explosion of research into the psychology of well-being. While we know that psychological well-being is partly heritable, it is only recently that researchers have started to investigate the specific genetic factors that influence well-being. Such researchexplores not only heritability, based on tra...

Michael Pluess, PhD, is an Associate Professor of developmental psychology at the Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology at Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom. Initially trained in chemistry and music he spent several years working in the lab and on stage before pursuing his interests in psychology. In his re...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:July 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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BASIC CONCEPTS1. Corey Keyes: Human Flourishing and Salutogenetics2. Robert A. Philibert and Steven R. H. Beach: The Genetic and Epigenetic Essentials of Modern Humans3. Susan C. South and Amber Jarnecke: Behaviour Genetics: Introduction to Methodology4. Bjorn Grinde: Evolution and Well-BeingBEHAVIOURAL GENETICS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING5. Ragnhild Nes and Espen Roysamb: The Heritability of Subjective Well-Being: Review and Meta-Analysis6. C. Robert Cloninger and Danilo Garcia: The Inheritance and Development of Positive Affect and Emotionality7. Richard Ebstein, Rachel Bachner-Melman, Yunfeng Lu, Soo Hong Chew, and Qiang Shen: Virtue, Values, Genes and Psychological Well-Being8. Elaine Fox and Charlotte Booth: The Heritability of Optimism, Spiritualty, and Meaning in Life9. Alexander Weiss and Michelle Luciano: The Genetics and Evolution of 'Covitality'MOLECULAR GENETICS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING10. Meike Bartels and Bart M. L. Baselmans: The Molecular Genetics of Subjective Well-Being11. Sierra Clifford and Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant: The Molecular Genetics of Resilience12. Michael Pluess and Jay Belsky: Vantage Sensitivity: Genetic Susceptibility to Effects of Positive Experiences13. Moshe Szyf and Michael Pluess: Epigenetics and Well-Being: Optimal Adaptation to the Environment14. Adam Anderson and Hans Melo: Imaging Genetics of Positive PsychologyAPPLICATION AND IMPLICATION15. Michael Pluess and Michael Meaney: Genes, Environment and Psychological Well-Being16. Michael Pluess: Genetics of Psychological Well-Being: Current State and Future Directions