Behavior Genetics from an Interactional Point of View

  • Louise Carter-Saltzman


The gradual emergence of behavior genetics as a field of legitimate inquiry is having a profound effect on the field of developmental psychology. The impact has not been to change the questions asked by developmental psychologists. Nor can behavior geneticists claim to have provided definitive answers to these questions. What has happened, rather, is that problems concerning the relative effects of genetic and environmental factors on behavioral development, problems that previously had seemed impervious to empirical inquiryI are being approached with a high level of focused attention and educated expertise. The increasing legitimacy of behavior genetics as a methodologically viable disci pline has enabled psychologists to address questions that often were simply not allowed in the context of a behaviorist psychology. Because of some very real problems inherent in any attempt to specify the effects of genetic and environmental factors on behavioral development, the entire issue was frequently avoided by an affirmation of the impossibility of the endeavor.


Left Hemisphere Hemispheric Specialization Maternal Genotype Epigenetic Landscape Reaction Range 
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  • Louise Carter-Saltzman
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattle

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