For many years we have often assumed that the cultural stereotypes of collectivism in Asian cultures and Individualism in Western cultures were exactly that: simple stereotypes. New research however, suggests that these traits may have a genetic causal link. Due to differences in the prevalence of a particular gene across races, individuals may be more likely to exhibit particular social behaviours based not only upon their cultural upbringing but also their genetic makeup.
Whilst a number of personality traits, such as aggression, have been linked to genetic inheritance, it has been thought that social attitudes were a result of the discourses and values of the society in which a person develops. That is, a person does not have a predisposition to be of a particular world view; rather they are influenced by the community and culture around them.