Partisanship , Voting , and the Dopamine D 2 Receptor Gene

  title={Partisanship , Voting , and the Dopamine D 2 Receptor Gene},
  author={Christopher T. Dawes and James H. Fowler},
Previous studies have found that both political orientations (Alford, Funk, and Hibbing 2005) and voting behavior (Fowler, Baker, and Dawes 2008; Fowler and Dawes 2008) are significantly heritable. In this article we study genetic variation in another important political behavior: partisan attachment. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we show that individuals with the A2 allele of the D2 dopamine receptor gene are significantly more likely to identify as a partisan… Expand

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