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Behavioral Genetics and Development: Historical and Conceptual Causes of Controversy

Griffiths, Paul and Tabery, James (2008) Behavioral Genetics and Development: Historical and Conceptual Causes of Controversy. [Preprint]

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Traditional, quantitative behavioral geneticists and developmental psychobiologists such as Gilbert Gottlieb have long debated what it would take to create a truly developmental behavioral genetics. These disputes have proven so intractable that disputants have repeatedly suggested that the problem rests on their opponents' conceptual confusion; whilst others have argued that the intractability results from the non-scientific, political motivations of their opponents. The authors provide a different explanation of the intractability of these debates. They show that the disputants have competing interpretations of the concepts of reaction norm, genotype-environment interaction, and gene. The common thread that underlies each of these disagreements, the authors argue, is the relevance of potential variation that is not manifest in any actual population to the understanding of development.

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Item Type: Preprint
Griffiths, Paul
Tabery, James
Keywords: Behavioral Genetics, Developmental Behavioral Genetics, Developmental Psychobiology, Gene, Gene-Environment Interaction, Norm of Reaction, Reaction Norm, Reaction Range
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Depositing User: James Tabery
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:17
Item ID: 4210

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