Rutter sets out in layman′s terms what genetic science has discovered to date, explaining exactly what genes do, how much is nature and how much is nurture. He argues that nature and nurture are not truly separate, giving powerful illustrations of how the two interact to determine our behavior. He also considers the implications of genetic findings for policy and practice. This thought–provoking account will inform public debate about the implications of the Human Genome Project and, more broadly, the field of genetic science.
Chapter 1: Why is the topic of genes and behavior controversial?.
Chapter 2: Concepts of behavior and of mental disorder.
Chapter 3: Environmentally mediated risks.
Chapter 4: Patterns of inheritance.
Chapter 5: How much is nature and how much nurture?.
Chapter 6: The heritability of different mental disorders and traitsChapter 7: Finding and understanding specific susceptibility genes.
Chapter 8: What genes do.
Chapter 9: Nature–nurture interplay and causal pathways from genes to psychopathology.
Chapter 10: What environments do to genes.
Chapter 11: Conclusions.
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