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Jean M
03-25-2015, 09:06 PM
Peter J. Rentfrow, Markus Jokela and Michael E. Lamb, Regional Personality Differences in Great Britain, PLOS ONE, Published: March 24, 2015


Recent investigations indicate that personality traits are unevenly distributed geographically, with some traits being more prevalent in certain places than in others. The geographical distributions of personality traits are associated with a range of important political, economic, social, and health outcomes. The majority of research on this subject has focused on the geographical distributions and macro-level correlates of personality across nations or regions of the United States. The aim of the present investigation was to replicate and extend that past work by examining regional personality differences in Great Britain. Using a sample of nearly 400,000 British residents, we mapped the geographical distributions of the Big Five Personality traits across 380 Local Authority Districts and examined the associations with important political, economic, social, and health outcomes. The results revealed distinct geographical clusters, with neighboring regions displaying similar personality characteristics, and robust associations with the macro-level outcome variables. Overall, the patterns of results were similar to findings from past research.

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Jean M
04-10-2015, 05:19 PM
The Allium (The Onion for scientists) has fun with this: http://www.theallium.com/biology/british-genome-survey-finds-genes-for-fair-play-and-disappointment/

British Genome Survey Finds Genes For Fair Play And Disappointment

The largest ever survey of British genomes has uncovered several genetic variants – called alleles – that are significantly associated with a variety of traits.

“We found a great deal of regional variation in British genomes” said one of the scientists involved in the study. “There was North-South variation and this was strongly associated with northern genomes being enriched in anti-freeze and false-optimism genes, while southern genomes are enriched in genes for controlling the development of particularly large sphincter muscles.”

“We also tried initially to include Welsh genomes in our analysis, but nobody could understand anything they encoded for.” ....

“Future work will involve the deep sequencing of chromosomal regions that seem to be associated with thanking bus drivers, a love of greyhound racing and a region on chromosome 4 that is associated with holding the door open for the next person, even if that person is still 50 yards away.”