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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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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.
Children differ genetically in how easy or difficult they find learning and we need to recognise and respect these individual differences," said Robert Plomin, professor of behavioural genetics at Kings College London and an author of the study.
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