The New Genetics and What It Means for Psychological Science
Saturday, May 23, 2009,
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Yerba Buena 9
Historically, efforts to understand individual differences in behavior and the transmission of traits across generations have focused on either genetic or environmental factors. Modern advances in molecular biology provide insight into the dynamic interplay between these factors. The evolving field of epigenetics addresses how the expression of genes is activated by environmental experience, resulting in enduring changes in an individual that can be transmitted across generations. These modern biological approaches to the study of behavior provide the basis for re-thinking traditional approaches to heritability and the relationship between nature and nurture.
Speakers will discuss the exciting new field of epigenetics and the interplay between genes and environment, providing insights into how this knowledge can be applied to the study of an individual at biological and social levels, as well as the implications of this new understanding for the concept of inheritance.
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