Recent developments in human behavioral genetics: Past accomplishments and future directions

Stephanie L. Sherman, John C. DeFries, Irving I. Gottesman, John C. Loehlin, Joanne M. Meyer, Mary Z. Pelias, John Rice, Irwin Waldman, Elaine Strass

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The field of behavioral genetics has enormous potential to uncover both genetic and environmental influences on normal and deviant behavior. Behavioral-genetic methods are based on a solid foundation of theories and methods that successfully have delineated components of complex traits in plants and animals. New resources are now available to dissect the genetic component of these complex traits. As specific genes are identified, we can begin to explore how these interact with environmental factors in development. How we interpret such findings, how we ask new questions, how we celebrate the knowledge, and how we use or misuse this knowledge are all important considerations. These issues are pervasive in all areas of human research, and they are especially salient in human behavioral genetics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1265-1275
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Human Genetics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1997
Externally publishedYes


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