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How the science of behavior genetics explores individual differences
Jaime Derringer Ph.D.
When a gene is found to be associated with a behavior, most people assume that the effect must flow from the gene to the behavior. But it could be the other way around.
Behavior geneticists find that the shared environment has less influence than either genes or unique environments. But that doesn't mean family doesn't matter.
Heritability explains some of why people who are related tend to be similar, both within and between generations.
What does heritability tell us about why people have different opinions, or how to get to agreement?
Researchers can guess your personality, education, and political orientation from seemingly unrelated data about your online behavior, as long as they have a lot of it.
Media outlets reported that 7 percent of Scott Kelly's DNA changed after he spent 17 months in space. What actually happened, and what we can learn from the Kelly twins' DNA?
Jaime Derringer, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.