Extracting stability gives a more powerful and heritable measure of emotional problems

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This blog explains our latest publication in which we analysed Twins Early Development Study data on emotional problems across childhood and adolescence. Accurate assessment is difficult but essential if we are to understand the influences on emotional problems. We took advantage of longitudinal data (i.e. taken across time) to define…

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R is for Rumination

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Most of us have probably heard friends or family tell us to “stop overthinking things”. Is this good advice? The answer is probably yes, if what you’re doing is ruminating. Daniel fills us in on rumination, how it increases our risk of mental health problems, and what we can do…

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Q is for Quiz

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After a short break (most of the team have been off enjoying their summer holidays!) the A-Z blog is back! Since we are just over halfway through the A-Z series, Tom [EDIT Lab PhD student] has put together a quiz based on all our previous posts for you to test…

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P is for Polygenic Risk Scores

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Nearly all human traits, such as height, weight, and intelligence, and common disorders like major depressive and anxiety disorders are polygenic. This means that variation in more than one gene (usually many genes) contributes to total genetic predisposition for a specific trait or disorder. Chris outlines how Polygenic Risk Scores…

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N for Neuroticism

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Neuroticism is a personality trait characterised by easily experiencing negative emotions. This A-Z blog offers some highlights of what is currently known about the genetic and environmental influences on neuroticism, as well as its overlap with and relevance for psychiatric disorders.

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M for Missing Heritability

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Decades of twin studies have yielded evidence of the heritability of many different traits. What we mean by this is the proportion of variation in a trait that can be explained by genetic differences between individuals. Research has moved towards identifying specific genetic variants associated with these traits through Genome-Wide…

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