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Molecular Behavioral Genetics

Helen E. Longino

in Studying Human Behavior

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780226492872
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780226921822 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226921822.003.0004
Molecular Behavioral Genetics

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This chapter discusses the molecular behavioral genetics approach to studying human behavior, covering methods, scope, and assumptions. Molecular genetics promises to deliver more precise characterizations of the gene–behavior relation than is possible using the methods of classical population genetics. However, the cost of this precision has been a reduced number of behavioral dispositions that can be attributed without qualification to genetic configurations.

Keywords: research approaches; human behavior; behavioral dispositions; genes; behavioral research

Chapter.  4378 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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