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Human Genetics for the Social Sciences
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Human Genetics for the Social Sciences

First Edition
  • Gregory Carey - Institute for Behaviorial Genetics, University of Colorado, University of Colorado, USA


November 2002 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

There is a growing awareness of the important role that human genetics plays in individual differences in human behavior. Human Genetics for the Social Sciences introduces students of the social and behavioral sciences to the basic biological concepts underscoring the study of genetics. Carey explains basic biological concepts while covering principles of genetics, evolution and evolutionary psychology, and the genetics of individual differences. Selective coverage of research in genetics, focusing on areas of most relevance to the social sciences, enables students to appreciate the role of genetics in everyday human behavior. Recommended for social science courses in Human Development, Personality, Psychology, Individual and Family Studies, Human Development, Education, and Sociology.

 

Features and Benefits:

  • Chapter introductions and highlighted key terms aid student comprehension.
  • Text boxes explore issues in depth and figures and tables visually augment text discussion.
  • Advanced Topics sections present technical issues at the end of selected chapters.
  • Suggested Readings at the end of each chapter to guide students to further information.

An accompanying fully interactive web site, http://psych.colorado.edu/hgss/,  introduces students to basic principles of genetics, supplying students with quizzes, learning exercises, articles on advanced topics in genetics, as well as links to a variety of related web resources.

 

 


 
Preface
 
Lemonade
 
The Cell
 
DNA & the Genetic Code
 
Epigenesis & Genetic Regulation
 
Mendelian Traits & Behavior
 
DCG: Disorders with Complex Genetics
 
The New Genetics: Techniques for DNA Analysis
 
Chromosomes & Chromosomal Anomalies
 
Mendel
 
Morgan & Linkage
 
The Association Study
 
Introduction to Module 2: Evolution
 
The Five Forces Behind Human Evolution
 
Human Evolution
 
Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology
 
Principles of Evolutionary Psychology
 
Introduction to Module 3: Individual Differences
 
Quantitative Genetics I: Important Concepts
 
Quantitative II: Estimation & Testing
 
Genes, IQ Scores, & Social Status: I. The Phenotype of IQ
 
Genes, IQ Scores, & Social Status: II. Genetic Epidemiology
 
Personality
 
Schizophrenia
 
Antisocial Behavior & Violence
Key features

 

  • Rather than assume the reader possesses strong background in biology (as is done in other texts on this topic), Carey explains basic biological concepts while covering principles of genetics, evolution and evolutionary psychology, and the genetics of individual differences.
  • Rather than attempt a state-of-the-art literature review of all topics in behavioral genetics, Carey provides selective coverage, with focus on areas with most relevance to social science. The emphasis is on integrating material so students can better appreciate the role of genetics in everyday human behavior.
  • An informal popular style mixes humor with vivid examples to capture student attention and to serve as a didactic tool for remembering difficult concepts.
  • Pedagogical features include: chapter introductions; key terms highlighted in text; abundant figures and tables to visually support text discussion; text boxes that explore issues in depth (e.g., "Human Gene Patenting: Should we do it?"); optional Advanced Topics sections that present technical issues at the end of selected chapters; and Suggested Readings at the end of each chapter to guide students to further information.

An accompanying web site interactively introduces students to basic principles of genetics (http://psych.colorado.edu/hgss).

Sample Materials & Chapters

1. Lemonade


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