Chapter 3. Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Behavioral Genetics and Developmental Science

  1. Kathryn E. Hood3,
  2. Carolyn Tucker Halpern4,
  3. Gary Greenberg5 and
  4. Richard M. Lerner6
  1. James Tabery1 and
  2. Paul E. Griffiths2

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327632.ch3

Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics

Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics

How to Cite

Tabery, J. and Griffiths, P. E. (2010) Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Behavioral Genetics and Developmental Science, in Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics (eds K. E. Hood, C. T. Halpern, G. Greenberg and R. M. Lerner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327632.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 3

    The Pennsylvania State University, USA

  2. 4

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

  3. 5

    Wichita State University, USA

  4. 6

    Tufts University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Utah, USA

  2. 2

    University of Sydney, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 13 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187824

Online ISBN: 9781444327632

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Keywords:

  • developmental study of behavior and genetics - theoretical foundations;
  • behavioral genetics and developmental science - historical and philosophical perspectives;
  • scientific validity of behavioral genetics;
  • methodological and conceptual issues - in behavioral genetics;
  • norm of reaction, genotype-environment interaction and gene;
  • understanding gene role in behavioral development - important desiderata for contemporary life and social science;
  • vision of developmental behavioral genetics - rejection by scientists from developmentally-oriented disciplines;
  • two conceptions of norm of reaction;
  • two conceptions of gene-environment interaction;
  • traditional quantitative genetic methods - in behavioral genetics, giving way to molecular methods

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why is Behavioral Genetics so Controversial?

  • A Brief History of Traditional Behavioral Genetics and of Aspirations for a “Developmental” Behavioral Genetics

  • Two Conceptions of the Norm of Reaction

  • Two Conceptions of Gene-Environment Interaction

  • Two Conceptions of Genes and Gene Action

  • Conclusion

  • References