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Epigenetics and well-being: optimal adaptation to the environment

Moshe Szyf and Michael Pluess

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

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199686674
eISBN:
9780191766787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686674.003.0013
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Humans like other species need to adapt to their physical and social environments to maintain optimal functioning. The concept of epigenetics was developed to provide an explanation for the fact that ... More


The genetic and epigenetic essentials of modern humans

Robert A. Philibert and Steven R. H. Beach

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

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199686674
eISBN:
9780191766787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686674.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Over the past two decades, our ability to quantify genetic and epigenetic contributions to human behavior has increased by several orders of magnitude. Although therapeutic manipulation of genetic ... More


Epigenetic influences on mental illness over the life course

Monica Uddin and Levent Sipahi

in A Life Course Approach to Mental Disorders

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199657018
eISBN:
9780191748097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657018.003.0022
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

Lifetime experiences have long been recognized as important determinants of mental health and illness; however, the biological mechanisms through which social exposures influence mental health, and ... More


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