Are We Hardwired?: The Role of Genes in Human Behavior / Edition 1

Are We Hardwired?: The Role of Genes in Human Behavior / Edition 1

by William R. Clark, Michael Grunstein
     
 

Are we entirely at the mercy of our chromosomes? In Are We Hardwired? Scientists William R. Clark and Michael Grunstein say the answer is both yes and no. Clark and Grunstein take us on a tour of modern genetics and behavioral science, revealing that few elements of behavior depend upon a single gene: complexes of genes, often across chromosomes, drive most of our… See more details below

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Are we entirely at the mercy of our chromosomes? In Are We Hardwired? Scientists William R. Clark and Michael Grunstein say the answer is both yes and no. Clark and Grunstein take us on a tour of modern genetics and behavioral science, revealing that few elements of behavior depend upon a single gene: complexes of genes, often across chromosomes, drive most of our heredity-based actions. To illustrate this point, they examine the genetic basis, and quirks, of individual behavioral traits - including aggression, sexuality, mental function, eating disorders, alcoholism, and drug abuse. They show that genes and environment are not opposing forces.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195178005
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/14/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Prologue
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 - C. Elegans
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 I: Eating Disorders
11. The Genetics of Consumption, Part II: 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
References
Index

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