nurture,nature, and human diversity pysc 2000

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 10/3/11 Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity PSYC 2000
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10/3/11 Behavior Genetics and Evolutionary Psychology Module 11
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10/3/11 Behavior Genetics: Predictin Behavioral geneticists study our differences and weigh the relative effects of heredity and environment Genes – segments of DNA, which provide the code for creating proteins that determine our physical development Genome – the set of complete instructions for making an organism, containing all the genes in that organism
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10/3/11 Genes vs. Environment: Twin Studies: Identical vs. fraternal twins (Monozygotic vs. Dizygotic) l Same environment (generally), similar genes Separated twins
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10/3/11 Genes vs. Environment Adoption Studies l Are adopted children more like their biological parents or their adoptive parents? l Adopted children tend to be more similar to their biological family in personality l But adoptive parents have a greater influence on attitudes, values, manners, faith, and politics l Temperament studies: Stability across developmental stages More similar temperament in identical
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10/3/11 Estimating “Heritability” Heritability—the extent to which variation among individuals can be attributed to their genes i.e., how much of the differences among people can be explained by their genetic differences?
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