Unit #1: Introduction and Overview
The nature-nurture debate and the
founding of behavioral genetics; the eugenics movement; what is behavioral
genetics?; the "John/Joan" case: when the blank slate model failed;
Phenylketonuria: every geneticist’s favorite disorder. Supplemental: Huntington disease.
Unit #2: How Twins Saved Psychology
Twins: a natural experiment; assessing twin similarity; what twin studies have revealed about the origins of behavior; are twin studies of behavior really valid?; adoption studies: not by twins alone; Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart (MISTRA). Supplemental: Interview with Thomas J. Bouchard, Jr.
Unit #3: Heritability, a Much Maligned and Misunderstood Concept
Mendelian inheritance (and terminology); Galtonian inheritance (aka quantitative genetics); how heritability is estimated; what heritability is and what it is not; gene-environment interaction. Supplemental: Multivariate biometric approaches.
Unit #4: What Everyone Should Know About the Human Genome
DNA; what is a gene?; three surprising findings from the human genome project; the nature of genetic variation; Williams syndrome; the X chromosome; Prader-Willi & Angelman syndromes; genetic regulation and epigenetics. Supplemental: Epigenetic inheritance.
Unit #5: Schizophrenia: The Genetic Approach to a Psychiatric Phenotype
What is schizophrenia?; the epidemiology of schizophrenia; twin and adoption studies – establishing a heritable basis; what we have learned about environmental risk from twin and adoption studies; identifying schizophrenia risk alleles - limits of the positional cloning strategy, what we have learned through GWAS, and the role of rare variants. Supplemental: Genetics, race & ancestry
Unit #6: Behavioral Genetic Approaches to the Study of Intelligence/General Cognitive Ability
What is intelligence?; twin and adoption studies – establishing a genetic basis; heritability and the malleability of general cognitive ability; gene-environment interplay in studies of general cognitive ability; why is general cognitive ability heritable?; genetics of intellectual disability. Supplemental: The replication crisis.
Unit #7: Genes, Environment, and Development
Shared versus non-shared environment distinction; the moderating effect of development; gene-environment correlation; family socialization: a behavioral genetic perspective; gene-environment interaction I; gene-environment interaction II; genetics and aging. Supplemental: Epigenetics and twins.
Unit #8: Pulling It All Together: Summary, Public Policy, and Prospects
The four laws of behavioral genetics; behavior and genomic medicine; behavioral genetics, the law and personal responsibility part I; behavioral genetics, the law and personal responsibility part II; interview with Irv Gottesman. Supplemental: Genetic prediction.
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