The Genetics of Behavior

  • Michael Alan Taylor


All body functions are genetic in the sense that gene patterns determine species, sex, physical characteristics, functional capacities of organs, and vulnerability of organs to disease. This premise applies equally to all organ systems, including the nervous system. Thus, the brain’s anatomy and physiology, and the brain’s functional manifestation, behavior, can be seen as being determined by genetic endowment. Of course, in comparison with that of other species, the genetic “substrate” of our brain development is particularly sensitive to influence by environmental factors.


Dizygotic Twin Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Genetic Endowment Nonhuman Species Cerebral Lateralization 
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