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Biol Psychol. 2007 May;75(2):165-75. Epub 2007 Feb 1.

Associations between iris characteristics and personality in adulthood.

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Department of Behavioral, Social and Legal Sciences, Center for Developmental Research, Orebro University, 701 82 Orebro, Sweden. mats.larsson@bsr.oru.se

Abstract

Variable and person-oriented analyses were used to explore the associations between personality and three previously untested general iris characteristics: crypts, pigment dots and contraction furrows. Personality data, as measured by the NEO PI-R and ratings of iris characteristics from 428 undergraduate students were collected. Crypts were significantly associated with five approach-related behaviors, i.e., feelings, tendermindedness, warmth, trust and positive emotions, whereas furrows were associated with impulsiveness. These findings suggest that because Pax6 induces tissue deficiencies in both the iris and the left anterior cingulate cortex, Pax6 may influence the extent people engage in approach-related behaviors. The results from using a person-oriented analysis suggested that people with different iris configurations tend to develop along different personality trajectories. Future longitudinal studies, twin-studies and genetic association studies, may benefit from collecting iris data and testing candidate genes for crypts and furrows.

PMID:
17343974
DOI:
10.1016/j.biopsycho.2007.01.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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