An Introduction to Behavior Genetics

ISBN : 9780878930494

Terence Bazzett
423 Pages
210 x 270 mm
Pub date
Sep 2008
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This text guides readers through an orderly sequence of related topics from the field, from the molecular structure and function of DNA to how DNA controls protein development and the neural processes that underlie both normal and abnormal behaviour. Though focused primarily on human research, animal models are also included.


I. An Introduction to Behavior Genetics
1 Introducing Behavior Genetics: Origins and History
2 The Basis of Genetics--DNA, RNA, Chromosomes, and Genes
3 Neurogenetics and Neuropharmacology
4 Methods of Genetic Discovery and the Human Genome Project
II. Heritability, Environmental Influences, and Methods of Study
5 Simple Inheritance
6 Inheritance of Complex Traits
7 Genes and Environment
8 Research Methods in Quantitative Genetics
III. Genetic Influences on Behavior and Behavioral Disorders
9 Normal Behavioral Development
10 Primary Cognitive Disorders
11 Psychiatric Disorders with a Cognitive Component
12 Disorders of Mood, Anxiety, and Personality
IV. Other Genetic Influences, Counseling, and the Future
13 Beyond Psychotherapy: General Health Risks and Sex Chromosome Abnormalities
14 Genetic Counseling, Applied Pharmacogenomics, and Gene Therapy
15 The Future of Behavior Genetics

About the author: 

Terence J. Bazzett is Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the College, State University of New York College at Geneseo. He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Biopsychology from SUNY Buffalo. Previous publications include a Study Guide for Kolb and Whishaw's Introduction to Brain and Behavior. Dr. Bazzett was recognized by the SUNY Research Foundation for his development of an automated mouse reaching chamber, now licensed by Lafayette Instrument. His major research interest is genetic influences on neurodegenerative disorders, with particular focus on animal models of Huntington disease.

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