Have you ever wondered why some people seek thrills? Or what makes people act this way? Recent studies, such as the one described in this article, have shown that the reason for said behavior may be hidden in your genes.
Jaime Derringer has been testing specific genes with mutations that are related to the neurotransmitter dopamine that, in other studies, has been paired with thrill seeking tendencies or disorders. Derringer held a study of 635 people who had addiction problems, addiction is a sign of severe thrill seeking, and tested to see what genes in these people could be directly linked to thrill seeking. Out of 273 mutated genes that she tested, Derringer was able to narrow these down to 12 mutated genes that could be major links to thrill seeking tendencies. Just fewer than four percent of the twelve combined mutated genes explained differences in people thrill seeking. Although Derringer has discovered fascinating new information about the mutated genes people have that cause these sometimes harmful thrill seeking tendencies, not enough is known for people to get tested for the mutated genes.
In this video, a newscast talking about how genetic mutations can cause criminal behaviors as well as anti social tendencies. Looking at the personality traits along with the DNA collected from a case study of base jumpers and criminals, the forensic psychiatrist believes that there is in fact a connection between thrill seeking and your genetics.
Do all people with these mutated genes become addicts or criminals? Do you think early detection of this mutated gene could help prevent future problems? Is the mutated gene the only cause for addiction and criminal behavior?