Are We Hardwired?

Are We Hardwired? : The Role of Genes in Human Behavior

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This text addresses one of the most controversial topics in human biology: the role of genes in governing behaviour. Clark and Grunstein act as guides to the current scientific understanding, explaining the genetic and molecular basis of human behaviour within the broader context of animal behaviour generally. They develop the subject clearly, building up from the classic twin studies in humans, and from the most basic behaviours such as chemotaxis in paramecia, to corresponding tropisms and memory in roundworms, and memory and learning in fruit flies, then to complex behaviours of mice and humans. They cover all the politically sensitive issues of behaviour genetics as applied to humans - susceptibilities to disease, eating disorders, aggression, addiction and compulsive behaviours, intelligence, sexual orientation. The authors show why they feel that substantial parts of our personalities and identities are established by our exact genetic complements, without reducing us to powerless creations of our genes.show more

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  • Hardback | 332 pages
  • 162.6 x 238.8 x 30.5mm | 635.04g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 21 line illustrations
  • 0195138260
  • 9780195138269

Table of contents

1 Mirror, Mirror; 2 In the Beginning: The Evolutionary Origins of Behavior; 3 The Nose Knows; 4 As the Worm Turns: Learning and Memory in the Roundworm; 5 About Genes and Behavior; 6 Life in the Fourth Dimension: The Role of Clocks in Regulating Behavior; 7 You Must Remember This: The Evolution of Learning and Memory; 8 The Role of Neurotransmitters in Human Behavior; 9 The Genetics of Aggression; 10 The Genetics of Consumption, Part 1: Eating Disorders; 11The Genetics of Consumption, Part 2: Substance Abuse; 12 The Genetics of Human Mental Function; 13 The Genetics of Human Sexual Preference; 14 Genes, the Environment, and Free Will; Appendix I: Finding and Identifying Genes; Appendix II: A Brief History of Eugenics.show more

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"This book tells the story of how genes and other aspects of biology such as pheromones and neurotransmitters affect important behaviors such as aggression, eating disorders, drug use and abuse, sexual preference, learning and memory, and mental function. The story begins with the real stars of genetic research-sea slugsm round worms, and fruit flies-and builds up to what we know about our own species. The story is told in a captivating way-exciting yet erudite. Excellent!"-Robert Plomin, MRC Research Professor, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London and author of the upcoming fourth edition of Behaviour Genetics."Are we hardwired? Do billion-year old genes play an important role in human behavior? Pick up this book. You won't be able to put it down."-Thomas J. Bouchard, Jr., Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota "This book tells the story of how genes and other aspects of biology such as pheromones and neurotransmitters affect important behaviors such as aggression, eating disorders, drug use and abuse, sexual preference, learning and memory, and mental function. The story begins with the real stars of genetic research-sea slugsm round worms, and fruit flies-and builds up to what we know about our own species. The story is told in a captivating way-exciting yet erudite. Excellent!"-Robert Plomin, MRC Research Professor, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London and author of the upcoming fourth edition of Behaviour Genetics. "Are we hardwired? Do billion-year old genes play an important role in human behavior? Pick up this book. You won't be able to put it down."-Thomas J. Bouchard, Jr., Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota "This book tells the story of how genes and other aspects of biology such as pheromones and neurotransmitters affect important behaviors such as aggression, eating disorders, drug use and abuse, sexual preference, learning and memory, and mental function. The story begins with the real stars of genetic research-sea slugsm round worms, and fruit flies-and builds up to what we know about our own species. The story is told in a captivating way-exciting yet erudite. Excellent!"-Robert Plomin, MRC Research Professor, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London and author of the upcoming fourth edition of Behaviour Genetics. "Are we hardwired? Do billion-year old genes play an important role in human behavior? Pick up this book. You won't be able to put it down."-Thomas J. Bouchard, Jr., Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota "This book tells the story of how genes and other aspects of biology such as pheromones and neurotransmitters affect important behaviors such as aggression, eating disorders, drug use and abuse, sexual preference, learning and memory, and mental function. The story begins with the real stars ofgenetic research-sea slugsm round worms, and fruit flies-and builds up to what we know about our own species. The story is told in a captivating way-exciting yet erudite. Excellent!"-Robert Plomin, MRC Research Professor, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London and author of the upcomingfourth edition of Behaviour Genetics."Are we hardwired? Do billion-year old genes play an important role in human behavior? Pick up this book. You won't be able to put it down."-Thomas J. Bouchard, Jr., Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesotashow more

About William R. Clark

William R. Clark is Professor Emeritus of Immunology in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of a number of books about biology, immunology, and evolution, including Sex and the Origins of Death, A Means to an End: The Biological Basis of Aging and Death, and The New Healers: The Promise and Problems of Molecular Medicine in the Twenty-First Century. His website is: http: //www.wrclarkbooks.com. Michael Grunstein is Professor of Biological Chemistry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Molecular Biology Institute.show more

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