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Genes and Behavior. Nature-Nurture Interplay Explained

  • ID: 2250350
  • Book
  • December 2005
  • Region: Global
  • 290 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In recent years, the subject of genes and their influence on human behavior has become increasingly controversial as concerns about the racist use of genetics, discriminatory eugenics, and neurogenetic determinism have grown. In this major new book, eminent scientist Professor Sir Michael Rutter gets behind the hype to provide a balanced and authoritative overview of the genetic revolution and its implications for understanding human behavior.

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.

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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.

Complete reference list.



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Sir Michael J. Rutter
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