Human Genetics for the Social Sciences

Gregory Carey,

Human Genetics for the Social Sciences

There is a growing awareness of the important role that human genetics plays in individual differences in human behavior. Human Genetics for the Social Sciences introduces students of the social and behavioral sciences to the basic biological concepts underscoring the study of genetics. Carey explains basic biological concepts while covering principles of genetics, evolution and evolutionary psychology, and the genetics of individual differences. Selective coverage of research in genetics, focusing on areas of most relevance to the social sciences, enables students to appreciate the role of genetics in everyday human behavior. Recommended for social science courses in Human Development, Personality, Psychology, Individual and Family Studies, Human Development, Education, and Sociology.


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  • Chapter introductions and highlighted key terms aid student comprehension.
  • Text boxes explore issues in depth and figures and tables visually augment text discussion.
  • Advanced Topics sections present technical issues at the end of selected chapters.
  • Suggested Readings at the end of each chapter to guide students to further information.

An accompanying fully interactive web site,,  introduces students to basic principles of genetics, supplying students with quizzes, learning exercises, articles on advanced topics in genetics, as well as links to a variety of related web resources.



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