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Behaving: What's Genetic, What's Not, and Why Should We Care?

Kenneth F. Schaffner


This book provides an overview of the recent history and methodology of behavioral genetics and psychiatric genetics. The perspective is primarily philosophical and addresses a wide range of issues, including genetic reductionism and determinism, "free will," and quantitative and molecular genetics. The latter covers newer genome-wide association studies (GWAS) that have produced a "paradigm shift" in the subject and generated the problem of "missing heritability." Cases involving genetic testing for IQ and for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are presented. This text examines t ... More

Keywords: behavioral genetics, psychiatric genetics, reductionism, determinism, free will, quantitative and molecular genetics, paradigm shift, genome-wide association studies, personality genetics, schizophrenia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780195171402
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth F. Schaffner, author
Distinguished University Professor, University of Pittsburgh