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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (7) : 1220-1228     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01220
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Shyness: A Review of Evidence from Behavioural Genetics
CHEN Yingmin;GAO Fengqiang;HAN Lei
(School of Psychology, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, China)
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Abstract  Shyness refers to, discomfort and/or inhibition in social situations that interferes one's pursuing for interpersonal or professional goals. It often manifests as excessive self-focus, preoccupation with one's thoughts, and a variety of emotional and physiological responses. Recent years have witnessed the upsurge of behavioural genetic approach in the study of the causes of shyness. Findings from both twins studies and molecular genetics studies have demonstrated that shyness has important genetic underpinnings, with particularly strong associations with the short gene 5-HTTLPR. Shyness is the consequence of the complex interactions between genes and also between genes and environment.
Keywords shyness      behavioral genetics      molecular genetics      gene      5-HTTLPR     
Corresponding Authors: GAO Fengqiang   
Issue Date: 15 July 2013
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CHEN Yingmin,GAO Fengqiang,HAN Lei. Shyness: A Review of Evidence from Behavioural Genetics[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(7): 1220-1228.
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