miércoles, 11 de febrero de 2009

Our DNA and Financial Risk Taking

Do you like to gamble or maybe love playing the stock market? Well, a study came out in Scientific American that showed a correlation between the genes that control our hormone levels and the amount of risk that a person takes with their money.

Dopamine, Serotonin, and Testosterone are three hormones that affect our level of risk taking. higher Dopamine and Serotonin levels are apparently common for "risk shunning" subjects, and testosterone is higher in "risk taking" test subjects, based on this study.

They were tested with a buccal swab sample for a genetic sample, and each test subject played a stocks game with $30.

It is amazing what we inherit through genetics.

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