behavioral genetics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
variants: or behavior genetics

Definition of behavioral genetics

: the study of the relationship between the genetic composition of an organism and its behavior
  • The third bridge between the biological and the mental is behavioral genetics, the study of how genes affect behavior.
  • —Steven PinkerThe Blank Slate2003
  • This oversimplified model, which underlies most current research in behavior genetics, ignores the critical importance of the brain, the environment, and gene expression networks.
  • —Dean HamerScience4 Oct. 2002

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1957

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