Robert Plomin, John Crabbe

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The authors predict that in a few years, many areas of psychology will be awash in specific genes responsible for the widespread influence of genetics on behavior. As the focus shifts from finding genes (genomics) to understanding how genes affect behavior (behavioral genomics), it is important for the future of psychology as a science that pathways between genes and behavior be examined not only at the molecular biological level of cells or the neuroscience level of the brain but also at the psychological level of analysis. After a brief overview of quantitative genetic research, the authors describe how genes that influence complex traits like behavioral dimensions and disorders in human and nonhuman animals are being found. Finally, the authors discuss behavioral genomics and predict that DNA will revolutionize psychological research and treatment early in the 21st century.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)806-828
Number of pages23
JournalPsychological Bulletin
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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