The Dopamine Receptor D4 Gene (DRD4) and Self-Reported Risk Taking in the Economic Domain
Recent evidence suggests that individual variation in risk taking is partly due to genetic factors. We explore how self-reported risk taking in different domains correlates with variation in the dopamine receptor D4 gene (DRD4). Past studies conflict on the influence of DRD4 in relation to risk taking. A sample of 237 serious tournament contract bridge players, experts on risk taking in one domain, was genotyped for having a 7-repeat allele (7R+) or not (7R-) at RD4. No difference was found between 7R+ and 7R- individuals in general risk taking or in several other risk-related activities.
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