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I am trying to gather resources to introduce students to concepts in behavioural genetics, but am finding it difficult to identify papers/books/lectures that discuss the biology underlying behavioural genetics in an accessible way.

What resources do people find helpful discussing the molecular (neuro)biological theory underlying behavioural genetic findings? I am also interested in more statistical perspectives, but particularly interested in biological perspectives.

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  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by accessible when you say ”discuss the biology underlying behavioural genetics in an accessible way” ? $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Feb 7 at 12:55
  • $\begingroup$ Accessible = understandable to someone with high scientific literacy, but who does not have a biological background (e.g. a psychologist) $\endgroup$ – Joni Feb 8 at 9:49
  • $\begingroup$ From genetics to behavior, there is a long way to go. The manuals of biological theory that are general or with different perspectives are far from the genetics (The Triple Helix: Gene-Organism-Environment by Lewontin), I would mention manuals like Molecular cell biology and Physiology of Behavior, but they have little relationship with genetics and finally neurobiology manuals do not stand out from different perspectives. Maybe you should specify more your question $\endgroup$ – hexadecimal Feb 12 at 20:15
  • $\begingroup$ Do you think that psychologists do not have a background in biology? Let me tell you that today the the students of psychology have between 4 and 6 (if not more) subjects of fully biological content, and know that it is not something that varies between countries or times because I think previously studied this same subjects. In any case, you will be the one with a poor background about the subjects of psychologists. $\endgroup$ – hexadecimal Feb 12 at 20:52
  • $\begingroup$ The point is not that psychologists lack a background in biology (I am a psychiatric geneticist - I'm well aware of the level of biological education possessed by psychologists) but that they don't have training in the specifics of genetics - that is why I want an accessible genetics textbook discussing theories of molecular genetics with a relevance to behavioural phenotypes. I agree with the points you make above about those resources: whilst useful in their own way, they aren't well suited to introducing the biology of behavioural genetics to students. That's why I asked the question... $\endgroup$ – Joni Feb 12 at 22:42

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