Behavior Genetics

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 360–361 | Cite as

Robert Plomin, John C. DeFries, Valerie S. Knopik, Jenae M. Neiderhiser, Behavioral Genetics (6th Edition)

Worth Publishers, New York, 2013, 560 pp, US$144.95, ISBN-10: 1-4292-4215-9
  • Chandra A. ReynoldsEmail author
Book Review

The 6th edition text, Behavioral Genetics, provides a contemporary introduction to the field of behavior genetics that has seen remarkably rapid changes since the 5th edition published in 2008. Rather than a “how-to”, the text’s primary intent is to convey the status of the field in terms of accumulated knowledge while identifying signposts of the field’s future directions. The addition of two new co-authors, Knopik and Neiderhiser, brings about fresh synergies and viewpoints that combined with the perspectives of Plomin and DeFries deliver the essential scaffolds, current findings, and promise of this swiftly changing discipline.

The current edition remains topically structured, yet with significant reorganization since the last version. Chapters 2–9 collectively present a sharper framework of behavior genetic approaches, emphasizing its roots in both quantitative and molecular genetics. The most evident alterations concern chapters 5 through 8 that had been contained largely within...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California-RiversideRiversideUSA

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