behavioral genetics


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be·hav·ior·al ge·net·ics

the study of heritable factors in behavioral patterns, as by pedigree analysis, biochemical abnormality, or karyotypic analysis.

behavioral genetics

n.
The study of the genetic underpinnings of behavioral phenotypes such as eating or mating activity, substance abuse, social attitudes, violence, and mental abilities.

be·hav·ior·al ge·net·ics

(bē-hāv'yŏr-ăl jĕ-net'iks)
The study of heritable factors in behavioral patterns, as by pedigree analysis, biochemical abnormality, or karyotypic analysis.

behavioral genetics

The study of the inherited basis for animal behavior and the impact that environment has on behavioral phenotypes. The field inquires into the influence of genes on addiction, aggression, intelligence, personality, sexuality, and sociability, among other realms of animal and human experience.
See also: genetics
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