Gene-Environment Interplay

Jonathan Daw, Jason D. Boardman

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Although the social and behavioral sciences were long divided over the relative sway of nature and nurture, an emerging field of inquiry, the study of gene-environment interplay, seeks to undermine these distinctions by looking at how these influences on social and behavioral outcomes are interdependent. This article provides a brief overview of three forms of gene-environment interplay: additive genetic and environmental effects, gene-environment correlations, and gene-environment interactions. A distinction is drawn between statistical genetic and molecular genetic models of gene-environment interactions. Finally, a variety of models of gene-environment interactions are described, and the limitations of current research on gene-environment interplay are briefly assessed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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