Posted: Mar 11, 2010 7:55 pm
by Lazar
Not sure if this is better here or in biological sciences but since we are blurring the distinctions anyway. This free e-book is a primer in behavioral genetics for the interested lay person and comes from the publishers of the journal Science.

BEHAVIORAL GENETICS: An introduction to how genes and environments interact through development to shape differences in mood, personality, and intelligence This book is an introduction for non-scientists to the science of behavioral genetics and its broader ethical and social implications. Among the topics covered are how scientists explore the influence of genes and environment on behavior and how such research may challenge our understanding of human nature, personal responsibility, and equality. It is a product of a project on behavioral genetics conducted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The Hastings Center.

Long long time since I read it but came across it again recently and thought others might find it useful. I do not remember it well but it starts it did do a good job from memory of cutting through the press of "x gene discovered" to explain the vast complexities which and not captured in this media tidbits. Not sure how out of date it is as it is a bit over a decade old.

Enjoy :cheers:

EDIT: Oh while I am at it thanks to palindnilap :cheers: for tracking down this free full text version of the review of gene-culture evolution published in Nature Reviews: Genetics that I posted in the evolutionary psychology thread.