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Lecture 2

Psychology 2030A/B Lecture 2: Chapter 2

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Psychology 2030A/B
Ian Nicholson

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Chapter 2 Genes are very long molecules of DNA at various locations on chromosomes within the cell nucleus each normal human cell has 46 chromosomes arranged in 23 pairs in each pair: one chromosome from the father and one from the mother first 22 pairs provide programs for development of the body and brain the 23rd pair called sex chromosomes, determines sex In females the sex chromosomes are XX, in males XY (Y chromosome is from the father) DNA molecules that contain genes have a double helix, shape of two spiral staircases intertwined a dominant gene is a pair of genes that determine a particular trait a recessive gene must be paired with another recessive gene to determine a trait polygenic - influenced by many genes ie. our IQ, personality, etc. genome - individuals complete set of genes, comprises 20,000 to 25,000 genes quantitative genetics - estimates the effects of genes in explaining individual differences molecular genetics - focuses on examining the actual structure and functioning of genes adverse life events such as chaotic childhood can overwhelm the influence of genes Erica Kandel suggested: that the very genetic stricture of cells may actually change as a result of learning diathesis-stress model, individuals inherit, from multiple genes, tendencies to express certain traits or behaviours, which may then be activated under conditions of stress diathesis, is a condition that makes a person susceptible to developing a disorder ie. Jody inherited tendency to faint at the sight of blood after seeing an animal being dissected gene-environment correlation model - people might have a genetically determined tendency to create the very environmental risk factors that trigger a genetic vulnerability if you and your spouse have an identical twin, and both twins have been divorces, the chance you will also divorce increases greatly if your identical twin and your parents and your spouses parents have been divorced, the chance you will divorce is 78% cross fostering;
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