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Aug 03

Can Genes Predict Bad Behavior?

Researchers in the field of behavioral genetics have asserted claims for a genetic basis to numerous behaviors, including aggression, alcoholism, and nurturing. Evolutionary biologist Steve Jones says the genes responsible for circulating testosterone in men are also to blame for most violent and criminal behavior. He argues, however, that the environment in which a person is raised plays an equal role. Meanwhile, cognitive behavioral therapist Kristene Doyle argues that while genes may predispose us to anxiety or alcoholism, we still have final control over our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. “Regardless of one’s genetic predispositions, there needs to be accountability for one’s actions,” she says.

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Steve Jones: Can Genes Predict Criminal Behavior? (via Australian broadcasting Corporation)

Wired for Bad Behavior? Don’t Blame It on Your Genes (via NY Salon)

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    2 comments

    1. Bill Ryan

      I hope this turns out better than Lombroso’s theory about assessing criminality from people’s faces. That was poor and was shown to be but it took time to debunk.

    2. Bill Ryan

      I hope this turns out better than Lombroso’s theory about assessing criminality from people’s faces. That was poor and was shown to be but it took time to debunk.

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