Psychology 1000 Lecture Notes - Twin, Heritability, Chromosome

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14 Nov 2012
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Genetics
-Heritability
-Genetic Base of Intelligence
-Genetic Disorders
Next Time: Evolution
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1) How do I estimate heritability?
2) Is intelligence heritable?
3) What is the cause of genetic disorders?
Polygenetic Effects
---> traits related to action of more than 1 gene or chromosome.
Heritability
h^2 = variance due to genes / total variance
---> estimate of how much observed variability due to genetic factors alone
h^2 = 0.0 (due to Environment)
= 1.0 (due to Genes)
---> does NOT indicate extent to which genes are responsible for expression of
trait
---> taps relative contribution of genes to overall variation in population
---> applies to groups, NOT to individuals
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---> If h^2 = 0, genes are still responsible for expression of traits
---> h^2 increases as genetic diversity increases
---> h^2 decreases as environmental diversity increases
Heritability of Intelligence
Notion Seems Reasonable
Family Relationship Studies
Identical Twins 100%
Fraternal Twins 50%
Parent, Sibling 50%
Grandparent,
Uncle, Aunt 25%
1st Cousin 12.5%
---> Family - Relationship Studies
---> Bouchard
- remarkable similarity
Consider:
Jim Lewis and Jim Springer
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