This class will examine how genetic influences impact various dimensions of human behavior, ranging from personality traits to psychiatric disorders. Topics to be covered include methods used to study the genetics of complex traits, how genetic predispositions interact with the environment, and ethical implications. Modern methods for geneidentification, such as genome-wide association studies, polygenic risk scores,and epigenetic experiments will be examined in detail. Emphasis will be placed on understanding core concepts (e.g.,concepts of heritability, polygenicity, statistical power in genetic studies) as well as application (e.g. calculatingheritability, interpretingresults from published studiesand news articles). PREREQ: Psych 100B.
Course Attributes: EN S; BU SCI; AS SSC; FA SSC; AR SSC