Ever wonder why things are the way they are? Welcome to Ask a Scientist. As a former teacher with a Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology, I have a passion for understanding and explaining trending topics in psychology and beyond, including attitudes, mood, social cognition, evolutionary psychology, and mental health. I’ve worked as a counselor in a maximum security jail, a researcher for the Department of National Defence, and as a teacher in North America and overseas and I’m hungry to take on your most curious everyday inquiries.

You’ve probably heard of at-home ancestry tests offered by companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com. Maybe you even know someone who has sent away their cheek swabs as genetic samples and received information on their heritage.

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