PSYC 305 - Introduction to Behavioral Genetics

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Take PSYC-206 BIOL-105 BIOL-115L. (Required, Previous).
Credit Hours: Min: 3; Max:

Description: This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field combining behavioral sciences and genetics to study roles of the genes and other factors involved in a variety of complex behaviors of humans. Emphasis is placed on the use of genetic designs and methods to address psychologically relevant questions concerning the nature and etiology of individual differences in behavior. Methods to be covered include traditional methodologies like twin and adoption studies as well as linkage and association studies. In addition, special emphasis on the interaction between genotype and environment during development is discussed. Other current issues in behavioral genetics will be discussed including Mendelian Genetics, Intelligence, Personality Disorders, Psychopathology, Antisocial Behavior, and Substance Abuse. Students successfully completing the course should be able to evaluate critically the primary behavioral genetic research.

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