The Inheritance of Trauma

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  1. Avatar notme says:

    I’m sure defense attorneys all over are taking notice.Report

  2. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    From 1948 onward, at least plurality of Israel’s population basically suffered form PTSD because they survived horrific anti-Jewish violence in Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. The 1990s brought in millions of Jews from the former USSR or Ethiopia that suffered from anti-Jewish violence organized on the state level. This can explain a lot.Report

  3. Avatar Damon says:

    Is this outcome seen in the Cambodians that lived through the Kumar Rouge (sp) atrocities?
    You’d expect to see it in all kinds of populations.

    The Armenians?
    American Africans?
    The muslim slaves?
    ….Report

  4. Avatar Kazzy says:

    I can’t remember where so please take this with a grain of salt, but I heard/read that there is evidence of animals “inheriting” certain fears from their parents. So if a lab rat got shocked every time he touched the red button, his future children would have an inborn fear or aversion to red, even though they never actually experienced the association firsthand.

    It would seem to me that if this is indeed possible in animals, that it would be possible in humans. The mechanisms, extent, intensity, frequency, etc. might vary greatly but the general notion that a future generation could carry certain emotional legacies of their forefathers doesn’t seem out of the question.Report

  5. Avatar Christopher Carr says:

    A couple things:

    I’m not sure how controversial “epigenetic inheritance” really is. I can think of more than a few more-parsimonious alternative explanations in this particular study. Plus, epigenetic inheritance has been demonstrated in animal and unicellular models and it’s presumed that it takes place in humans, although really quite hard to separate from “environmental” factors.Report

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