Theory and Methods in Evolutionary Behavioral Genetics

Matthew C. Keller, Daniel P. Howrigan and Matthew A. Simonson

in The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195372090
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199893485 | DOI:
Theory and Methods in Evolutionary Behavioral Genetics

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This chapter reviews the major proximate and ultimate sources of genetic variation. It outlines the currently-available methods that can be used to examine these major sources, with an emphasis on molecular genetic methods, such as assays of mutation load and whole-genome association studies. It argues for the necessity of “consilience” between evolutionary psychology and molecular genetics.

Keywords: genetic variations; molecular genetics; consilience; evolutionary psychology

Chapter.  8800 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychology

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