The Gene Illusion: Genetic Research in Psychiatry and Psychology Under the Microscope

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Algora Publishing, 2004 - Psychology - 407 pages
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Jay Joseph's timely, challenging book provides a much-needed rebuttal of the evidence cited in support of genetic theories in psychiatry and psychology, which are based mainly on twin and adoption studies. He shows that, far from establishing the importance of genes, psychiatric genetic and behavior genetic research on twins and adoptees has been plagued by researcher bias, unsound methodology, and a reliance on erroneous theoretical assumptions. Furthermore, he discusses how this faulty research has been used to support the interests of those attempting to bolster conservative social and political agendas. Under the Microscope Dr. Jay Joseph provocatively challenges current genetic theories and the evidence cited to support them - in particular, genes' alleged role in criminal behavior, IQ, heritability and molecular genetic research - and maintains they are all part of the "Gene Illusion."
  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Misunderstanding Twins From Galton to the 21st Century
11
An Environmentally Confounded Research Technique
67
Genetic Studies of Twins Reared Apart A Critical Review
97
A Measure of Inheritance or Inherently Misleading?
137
Overview
155
Adoption Studies
195
Chapter 8 Is Crime in the Genes? A Critical Review of Twin and Adoption Studies of Criminal and Antisocial Behavior
275
Chapter 9 Genetics and IQ
305
An Exercise in Futility?
321
Chapter 11 Where Do we Go From Here?
337
References
349
Index of Names
391
Subject Index
399
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Jon Beckwith is American Cancer Society Research Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School.

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