Cognitive & Behavioral Genetics

A collage of photos showing dozens of sets of identical and fraternal twins.

Pictures of identical and fraternal twins. Comparing is one method for ascertaining the effects of genes on development, intelligence, and personality. (Image courtesy of Prof. Steven Pinker.)


MIT Course Number

9.19J / 9.191 / 7.66J

As Taught In

Spring 2001


Undergraduate / Graduate

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How genetics can add to our understanding of cognition, language, emotion, personality, and behavior. Use of gene mapping to estimate risk factors for psychological disorders and variation in behavioral and personality traits. Mendelian genetics, genetic mapping techniques, and statistical analysis of large populations and their application to particular studies in behavioral genetics. Topics also include environmental influence on genetic programs, evolutionary genetics, and the larger scientific, social, ethical, and philosophical implications.

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Elly Nedivi, and Steven Pinker. 9.19J Cognitive & Behavioral Genetics. Spring 2001. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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