Richard Mattson: Genetics could affect the quality of your marriage

From Sunday Morning, 9:45 am on 24 February 2019
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Advances in gene mapping and understanding their influence on people has led to researchers discovery that genetics can have an influence on romantic relationships. A team, led by Binghamton University Associate Professor of Psychology Richard Mattson, evaluated genetic combinations of the Oxytocin Receptor gene and its influence on how spouses support one another, as a measure of relationship quality. The gene was targeted as it is known to be relevant to social behavior. Richard Mattson speaks to Jim about their research, what they discovered about the impact of genetics on partnerships and if there's one gene that makes all the difference to a successful marriage.