The diversity of human behavior is one of the most fascinating aspects of human biology. What makes our individual attitudes, lifestyle and personalities different has been the subject of many physiological and psychological theories. In this book the emphasis is on understanding the genetic and environmental causes of these differences. Genes, Culture, and Personality is an expansive account of the state of current knowledge about the causes of individual differences in personality and social attitudes. Based on almost two decades of empirical research, the authors have made a significant contribution to the debate on genetic and cultural inheritance in human behavior. The book should be required reading for psychologists, psychiatrists, sociobiologists, and geneticists.
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Table of ContentsAnother Book on Heritability? Dimensions of Personality. The Classical Approach: Early Twin Studies of Personality. Introduction to Model-Fitting. Adult Twin Studies of the Major Personality Dimensions. Further Tests of the Model: Adoptees and Extended Families. Personality Development and Change: A Genetic Perspective. The Genetic Analysis of Individual EPQ Items. The Specificity of Gene Effects: Implications for the Interaction of Persons and Situations. Genetic and Environment Covariance. Normal Personality and Symptoms of Psychiatric Disorders: A Genetic Relationship? Social Attitudes: A Model of Cultural Inheritance? Conservatism-Radicalism: The Structure of Social Attitudes. Twin S