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Roshawn Terrell
AI and Machine Learning Researcher For Ethicsnet.com
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Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Wired That Way: Genes Do Shape Behaviour But It’s Complicated

Listen to Kevin Mitchell, a neurogeneticist and associate professor at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics and the Institute of Neuroscience at Trinity College, Dublin, talk about how genes shape our behaviour and intelligence. 

Research has shown that genetics does determine aspects about us such as our intelligence. But exactly how does our genetic heritage influence our psychological traits? It seems the chain of cause and effect is not as direct as one might think.

This commonly used ‘gene for X’ construction is unfortunate in suggesting that such genes have a dedicated function: that it is their purpose to cause X. This is not the case at all.

Wired That Way: Genes Do Shape Behaviour But It’s Complicated
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