behavioral genetics

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behavioral genetics

n.
The study of the genetic underpinnings of behavioral phenotypes such as eating or mating activity, substance abuse, social attitudes, violence, and mental abilities.
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The book defines and examines 'the criminal gene' from various perspectives including criminal law, behavioural genetics, neuroscience, philosophy, and sociology.
Thalia Eley, professor of behavioural genetics at King's College, London, who led the study, said that parents who are worried their children might be developing anxiety should override their instinct to shield them from stress.
In the next two chapters Richardson explores the ways in which gender conceptions influenced how the fields of cytogenetics, behavioural genetics, and sociobiology invested the essence of femaleness and maleness in theories regarding the nature of the X and Y chromosomes.
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