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Lifespan perspective that acknowledges the accumulating impact of genetic and environmental influences
Inclusion of research on both normative and non-normative cognitive functioning
Input from related fields of physiology and animal behavior that elucidates current research and points to possible future research directions
Behavior Genetics of Cognition across the Lifespan
Deborah Finkel and Chandra A. Reynolds, editors
Series: Advances in Behavioral Genetics
Series Editor: Yong-Kyu Kim
One of the primary advances for the 21st century is progress beyond the need to defend the findings of behavioral genetic investigations of intelligence. With the advent of developmental behavioral genetics—and molecular genetics—researchers have taken their discoveries far beyond simple nature/nurture constructs to a finer understanding of how genes and environment intersect to affect cognitive function.
Behavior Genetics of Cognition across the Lifespan presents the state of the field in well-documented detail as noted experts examine gene-environment interactions in cognitive function from childhood into old age. Fluidity is at the heart of this coverage: normative and non-normative brain development get equal attention, and statistical, molecular, biological, brain imaging, and neurobiological approaches contribute separately and in combination to the findings.
All major life stages are examined as periods of gene-based cognitive change, including midlife, which until recently has been considered a period for marking time until "real" age-related change occurs. And the book is written so that individual chapters can be as useful on their own as the volume is as a whole. Among the topics covered in depth:
Cognitive abilities in childhood and adolescence
Genetic and environmental influences on intellectual disabilities in childhood
Cognition in middle adulthood
Gene by environment interplay in cognitive aging
Dementia: genes, environments, interactions
Brain imaging and cognition
By synthesizing where the field is today--and identifying issues that need further attention--Behavior Genetics of Cognition across the Lifespan is a bedrock text for behavioral geneticists, cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »behavior genetics of cognition - cognition in childhood - cognitive abilities - genes versus environment - genetics of learning disabilities - inheritance of intelligence