Behavior Genetics

Behavior Genetics

The field of study that com­pares the role of nature and nur­ture in development.

Behav­ior genet­ics is the field of study that exam­ines the influ­ence of genet­ics, and learn­ing and the envi­ron­ment on devel­op­ment — researchers study the role of nature and nur­ture in devel­op­ment. Nature and nur­ture, actu­ally, work together in devel­op­ment. Psy­cho­log­i­cal traits such as intel­li­gence, emo­tion­al­ism and some aspects of per­son­al­ity could be inher­ited. Con­di­tions such as schiz­o­phre­nia and depres­sion, for exam­ple, some­times have genetic links, but peo­ple can over­come the problems.


Cook, L. & Cook, G. (2005). Child Devel­op­ment. Pear­son Edu­ca­tion, Inc.


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