Epigenetics and Behavior : Exploring Biological Determinants of Behavior

F Scott Hall; Maria T G Perona

Epigenetics and Behavior: Exploring Biological Determinants of Behavior discusses the evolutionary basis of neurodevelopmental regulation of gene expression by experience (epigenetics). While many areas.

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of scientific inquiry have sought to understand what determines the variation in human attributes (phenotypes) that have consistent trait-like features, including anxiety or fearlessness, aggressive or non-aggressive behavior, social or antisocial behavior, charitable or miserly traits, and so forth, this book takes a comprehensive approach. Over the lifespan of a particular individual, these traits, although flexible, are often highly consistent. The "nature-nurture" or "genes versus environment" discussion is one of the longstanding arguments in all philosophical inquiry. And now, as we stand on the threshold of a complete understanding of the most fundamental question about human nature, all a result of combined empirical and theoretical advances in epigenetics which influence developmental psychobiology and evolutionary biology, the science is rapidly progressing. With the advent of epigenetics, we now have a mechanism (or mechanisms, really) to explain how this process works at a molecular level - that is, evolutionary selected mechanisms of gene-environment interactions are literally "written" into our genetic code. This book draws together the knowledge and ideas from the different fields that collectively have answered the "nature-nurture" discussion. Integrates the findings of developmental psychobiology with epigenetics in an evolutionary contextWritten to convey a new perspective on epigenetic effects on behavior, while maintaining fluid writing prose for the uninformed readerAssembles knowledge from a number of fields, including developmental psychobiology, genomics, epigenetics, and evolutionary biology to paint a precise picture of epigenetic influences on personality