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An Introduction to Behavior Genetics


By: Terence Bazzett

Sinauer Associates

Hardback | Nov 2008 | #175782 | ISBN-13: 9780878930494
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This book provides a solid foundation to the field of Behavior Genetics, covering a wide range of topics and concepts, presented in an orderly sequence. It is suitable for undergraduate or graduate students from a variety of disciplines, including Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Anthropology, and Sociology. It covers a range of topics relevant to Behavior Genetics, from an introduction to the field to the discussion of broader principles, all presented in an orderly sequence. It provides a solid foundation for understanding genetics and heredity, and applies these concepts to both normal and abnormal behaviors associated with cognition, mood, and sexual behaviors, as well as health issues.

The book concludes with two chapters on the practical applications of Behavior Genetics, including an insight into potential careers, and a discussion on the future of this rapidly expanding field. This text guides readers through an orderly sequence of related topics from the field, from the molecular structure and function of DNA to how DNA controls protein development and the neural processes that underlie both normal and abnormal behaviour. Though focused primarily on human research, animal models are also included.


PART I: AN INTRODUCTION TO BEHVIOR GENETICS; 1. Introducing Behavior Genetics: Origin and History; 2. The Basis of Genetics - DNA, RNA, Chromosomes and Genes; 3. Neurogenetics and Neuropharmacology; 4. Methods of Genetic Discovery and the Human Genome Project; PART II: HERITABILITY, ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES, AND METHODS OF STUDY; 5. Simple Inheritance; 6. Complex Inheritance; 7. Genes and Environment; 8. Research Techniques in Heritability Studies; PART III: GENETIC INFLUENCES ON BEHAVIOR AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS; 9. Normal Behavioral Development; 10. Cognitive Disorders; 11. Disorders of Mood, Anxiety, and Personality; 12 Other Psychiatric Disorders; PART IV: OTHER GENETIC INFLUENCES, COUNSELING, AND THE FUTURE; 13. Sex Chromosome Abnormalities & General Health Risks; 14. Genetic Counseling, Applied Pharmacogenomics, and Gene Therapy; 15. The Future of Behavior Genetics.

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TERENCE BAZZETT, State University of New York at Geneseo, USA.

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