This course is designed for adoption professionals and pre/post-adoptive families.
1- Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10 question quiz with a grade of 80%)
What matters most in shaping who we and who our children will be– their genes or their environment? In this course, we talk with Dr. Danielle Posthuma, Head of the Department of Complex Trait Genetics at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research at the Neuroscience Campus in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and co-investigator for a recently released study on what twin studies have shown about nature vs. nurture.
This course includes:
- Co-author of a recently released study titled: Meta-analysis of the heritability of human traits based on fifty years of twin studies which analyzed virtually all published twin studies. Reporting on more than 14 million twin pairs across 39 different countries.
- The relative influence of genes and environment on human traits remains controversial. Why does disagreement remain after more than 50 years of research?
- Why study twins? Why are twin studies important to understanding the influence of genetics vs. the environment.
- How are twin studies designed? What is a meta- analysis and how does it add to our understanding?
- What is the relative weight of genes vs environment in the following traits: Depression, Anxiety disorder, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Addiction, Anti-social behavior-conduct disorder/violence/behavioral issue, ADHD, Intelligence, Weight, Height, Learning disabilities, Mild mental retardation, Cancer risk, Cardiovascular issues, Personality, neuroticism, self-esteem, Introversion/extroversion, Reproductive problems: structure and function, Longevity (age at death, mortality), Alzheimers
- What other traits are highly impacted by genes?
- What other traits are highly impacted by environment?
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