February 10, 2006

Behavioral Inhibition and Blond Hair

Via Gene Expression.

Biological Psychology (Article in Press)

Association of behavioral inhibition with hair pigmentation in a European sample

Eva Moehler et al.


Behavioral inhibition, a temperamental trait signalling a predisposition to childhood and adolescent anxiety disorders, is slightly more frequent in America among Caucasian children having blue irises. This paper examines a community sample of 101 German toddlers assessed for behavioral inhibition in a standardized laboratory procedure. Hair pigmentation was found to be significantly associated with behavioral inhibition in the sense that blond children exhibited higher fear scores. As in American samples, blue-eyed children had a higher fear score than did other children, but this difference was not statistically significant.


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