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How Genes Influence Behavior

Jonathan Flint, Ralph J. Greenspan, and Kenneth S. Kendler

January 2010

ISBN: 9780199559909

264 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

In Stock

Price: £32.99

This book is a unique introduction to behavioral genetics, which offers unparalleled insights into how the topic is probed using evidence from humans and the major model organisms. It also demonstrates the major impact that neurobiology is having on our understanding of the field, to give a true depiction of behavioral genetics in the 21st century.

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This book is a unique introduction to behavioral genetics, which offers unparalleled insights into how the topic is probed using evidence from humans and the major model organisms. It also demonstrates the major impact that neurobiology is having on our understanding of the field, to give a true depiction of behavioral genetics in the 21st century.

  • A unique, engaging depiction of behavioral genetics in the 21st century
  • Draws on evidence from both humans and the key model organisms to give an accurate depiction of how we know what we know
  • Integrates important neurobiological principles, reflecting the central contribution of neurobiology to contemporary behavioral genetics
  • Humorous, lively writing style personalizes the science presented, making it an ideal text for all readers, regardless of background
  • The Online Resource Centre enhances the value of the text as a teaching and learning tool

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Flint, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford University, Oxford, UK., Ralph J. Greenspan, The Neurosciences Institute, San Diego, CA, USA., and Kenneth S. Kendler, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA, USA

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction
    2: Schizophrenia - All in the Family?
    3: Molecular genetics - Linkage Analysis
    4: Other Human Phenotypes - Genetic Influences on Alcoholism, Depression, and Personality
    5: Genetic association analysis and candidate genes
    6: Genome wide association studies
    7: Model systems: Mice
    8: Model systems: Genetic Variation in Flies and Worms
    9: Model Systems: Circadian Rhythms
    10: Model Systems: Neural Mechanisms of Learning and Memory
    11: E Pluribus Unum, Ex Uno Plura: Reconciling Single Gene and Multigene Pictures of Behavior
    12: Methods

Reviews

This is an extremely accessible and fun to read textbook about molecular genetic research into behaviour and psychopathology. The authors have made great efforts to make the subject matter that can be 'scary' to students, very easy to read. Difficult concepts are explained clearly and the text is full of entertaining anecdotes that are likely to help the students remember the factual content of the chapters. - Dr Essi Viding, University College London

I found this informative and brilliantly-written. I think students will enjoy learning from this resource which is current, engaging and witty. Two of the best researchers in the field have come together to share their most interesting and exciting career-stories. - Dr Alice Gregory, Goldsmiths, University of London

Without question, this is, by far, the best account for non-specialists of how genes influence behaviour. - Michael Rutter, Psychological Medicine

These titans of research have crafted a helpful introduction to the relationship between genes and behavior, an introduction that is also unique for its interdisciplinary approach to genetic questions. - Debby Tsuang and Andrew David, The American Journal of Psychiatry