Genetic Influences on Forgiving

Authored by: Ming T. Tsuang , Lindon Eaves , Tal Nir , Beth A. Jerskey , Michael J. Lyons

Handbook of Forgiveness

Print publication date:  June  2005
Online publication date:  December  2007

Print ISBN: 9780415949491
eBook ISBN: 9780203955673
Adobe ISBN: 9781135410889


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The significant genetic influences that have been demonstrated for a wide range of human behaviors provide a strong a priori basis for expecting that individual differences in forgiving, just as in many other behaviors, are influenced by genetic factors. Behavioral geneticists regularly investigate genetic factors that may make an individual more or less likely to carry out a behavior (e.g., to forgive). We are interested in identifying genetic factors that influence the probability that an individual will forgive.

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