Infancy to Early Childhood

Infancy to Early Childhood : Genetic and Environmental Influences on Developmental Change

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Behavioural genetics is a fast-growing, multidisciplinary field which attempts to explain the influence of genetic and environmental factors on behaviour through the lifespan. The preferred investigative technique for teasing out the differences between genetics and the environment is the longitudinal twin study. This book is the first complete publication from the MacArthur Longitudinal Twin Study (MALTS) that is by far the most ambitious and comprehensive logitudinal twin study to date. The goal of such an in-depth study was merely not to provide thorough descriptions of developmental change between the ages of one and three years, but to offer an original theoretical framework that explains how change occurs in different domains and how genetics and the environment influence those changes. In fact, this rigorous study will set the agenda for developmental psychology and behavioural genetics for decades to more

Product details

  • Hardback | 414 pages
  • 162.6 x 240.8 x 27.2mm | 703.08g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous tables
  • 019513012X
  • 9780195130126

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"The first published volume resulting from the MacArthur Longitudinal Twin Study, a collaboration of developmental scientists and behavioral geneticists. They offer an original theoretical framework explaining how changes occur in different domains, and how genetics and the environment influence those changes. Among their findings are that development is multifaceted, genetic and environmental influences vary in magnitude and type depending on the behavior, and genetic factors largely account for continuity while non-shared environmental factors account for change."--SciTech Book News"In this first volume resulting from the MacArthur Longitudinal Twin Study (MLTS), Emde and Hewitt adeptly organized reams of data comparing genetic and environmental influences on developmental changes into six parts and 25 succinct chapters. . .Despite the many contributors to this work (most respected in the field) and the highly technical nature of some of the analyses, the book is a superb illustration of how sound research is conducted and written about. Graduate students through professionals."--CHOICEshow more