Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Neurobiol. 2003 Jan;54(1):4-45.

Genetic and environmental influences on human psychological differences.

Author information

  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA. bouch001@tc.umn.edu

Abstract

Psychological researchers typically distinguish five major domains of individual differences in human behavior: cognitive abilities, personality, social attitudes, psychological interests, and psychopathology (Lubinski, 2000). In this article we: discuss a number of methodological errors commonly found in research on human individual differences; introduce a broad framework for interpreting findings from contemporary behavioral genetic studies; briefly outline the basic quantitative methods used in human behavioral genetic research; review the major criticisms of behavior genetic designs, with particular emphasis on the twin and adoption methods; describe the major or dominant theoretical scheme in each domain; and review behavioral genetic findings in all five domains. We conclude that there is now strong evidence that virtually all individual psychological differences, when reliably measured, are moderately to substantially heritable.

Copyright 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

PMID:
12486697
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk