Hatemi to discuss the link between genes and politics at Research Unplugged

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Pete Hatemi, associate professor of political science, microbiology and biochemistry, will present "Party Animals: How Genes Help Shape Our Political Views" at the second Research Unplugged event of the spring semester Thursday, March 27, at 12:30 p.m. in Schlow Centre Region Library, downtown State College.

Author of the book Man is by Nature a Political Animal, Hatemi believes that our political inclinations are deeply rooted -- all the way down to the cellular level. His research has been featured in many news outlets including NPR, the BBC, and the Washington Post.

Hatemi investigates the genetic, physiological and endocrinological sources of individual differences in political attitudes, fear dispositions, mate selection, addiction, political violence and religion. He was trained in political science at the University of Nebraska and in genetic epidemiology at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, and conducted post-doctoral studies in human genetics, psychology and psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia.

Research Unplugged is in its 10th year of bringing together a broad range of Penn State researchers and the State College community for informal conversation.

All events will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each Thursday through April 24 and are free and open to the public, with complimentary light refreshments. Limited free parking is available at Schlow Library beginning at 11:45 a.m. The series is made possible with the support of Penn State and Schlow Library.

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Last Updated March 27, 2014