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Covers the role that behavior genetics plays in the most current issues in behavior genetics such as schizophrenia, autism, alcoholism, smoking, and drug abuse
Features contributions from behavior geneticists and psychologists who share their latest empirical findings
Utilizes the latest molecular techniques and methodologies that students can apply to future research
Handbook of Behavior Genetics
Edited by Yong-Kyu Kim
With the mapping of the human genome, behavior genetics attracted interest as a new lens for studying complex behavior patterns and disorders. This specialty has evolved into an emergent common ground for scientists of diverse fields, including psychology, psychiatry, neurology, biochemistry, and endocrinology as well as genetics.
The Handbook of Behavior Genetics provides psychology, psychiatry, and genetics students with a solid research framework on the role of genes and other factors in a variety of intricate behaviors. Internationally-known experts begin each chapter with an overview of a subject and discuss its latest issues, advances, and controversies, and emerging areas of importance. The genetics of personality, pathology, and cognition are examined, with topics as diverse as childhood temperament, Down syndrome, exercise behavior, handedness, and speech disorders. Through these findings, contributors identify clear directions for the field in its next decade.
A sampling of the Handbook’s coverage:
Methods and models: biometrical, QTL, animal models.
Twin studies of mental ability.
Genetic and environmental influences on sexual orientation.
The genetics of pathological conditions, including ADHD, antisocial behavior, childhood depression, schizophrenia, and autism.
Attention and working memory.
Substance use and abuse disorders.
The Handbook of Behavior Genetics brings new clarity to the ongoing study of nature and nurture, and is a suitable text for graduate and doctoral students in this robust field.
History of Behavior Genetics.- Quantitative Methods and Models.- Biometrical Models in Behavioral Genetics.- QTL Methodology in Behavior Genetics.- Multivariate Genetic Analysis.- Models of Human Behavior: Talking to the Animals.- Genetics of Cognition.- Twin Studies of General Mental Ability.- Behavioral Genetic Investigations of Cognitive Aging.- The Genetics and Environments of Reading: A Behavioral Genetic Perspective.- Behavior-Genetic and Molecular Studies of Disorders of Speech and Language: An Overview.- Human Brain Volume: What’s in the Genes#.- Cognition in Rodents.- Neurogenetic Analysis and Cognitive Functions in Trisomy 21.- Evolution of Complex Acoustic Signals in Drosophila Species.- Drosophila Model of Alzheimer’s Amyloidosis.- Genetics of Personality.- Genotype–Environment Correlation and Family Relationships.- Personality.- Molecular Genetics of Personality: How Our Genes can Bring Us to a Better Understanding of Why We Act the Way We Do.- The Genetics of Childhood Temperament.- Genetic and Environmental Influences on Sexual Orientation.- Some Guidelines for Defining Personality Differences in Rats.- The Genetics of Offensive Aggression in Mice.- Sexual Selection and Aggressive Behavior in Drosophila.- Handedness: A Behavioral Laterality Manifestation.- Genetics of Exercise Behavior.- Genetics of Psychopathology.- Genetics of ADHD, Hyperactivity, and Attention Problems.- Depression and Anxiety in Childhood and Adolescence: Developmental Pathways, Genes and Environment.- Genetics of Autism.- Genetics of Smoking Behavior.- The Genetics of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders.- Genetic Analysis of Conduct Disorder and Antisocial Behavior.- Schizophrenia and Affective Psychotic Disorders – Inputs from a Genetic Perspective.- Genetic Risks in Schizophrenia: Cross-National Prospective Longitudinal High-Risk Studies.- Attention and Working Memory: Animal Models for Cognitive Symptoms of Schizophrenia – Studies on D2-Like Receptor Knockout Mice.- Conclusion.- Future Directions for Behavior Genetics.