Genetics or Environment – Which is Most Important?

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The nature vs. nurture debate is particularly relevant to parents through adoption. How do genes and the environment affect things like intelligence, IQ, behavior, temperament, weight, substance abuse, mental illness, and depression? What have the leading researchers in this field found? This course is a conversation with Sally Ann Rhea, the study coordinator for 25 years for one of the most renown adoption research projects in the world, the Colorado Adoption Project, focusing on investigating genetic and environmental influences on human behavior; and Dr. Alexandra Burt, Associate Professor of behavioral genetics with affiliation with the Michigan State University Twin Registry and a research focus on the role of genes and the environment interplay in the development of anti-social development.

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