Sunday, March 9, 2014

Genetics linked to children viewing high amounts of violent media

The lifelong debate of nature versus nurture continues -- this time in what your children watch. A recent study found that a specific variation of the serotonin-transporter gene was linked to children who engaged in increased viewing of violent television and playing of violent video games.

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COMMENT:  This is an important and interesting study.  But even if there is a genetic disposition to seek out violent or stimulating activities does that translate to our children playing violent games and then acting that out in real life?  It would be interesting to see if the children identified as having this genetic code were more or less likely to control themselves socially.  Again, as in most research studies, more research is needed.