Genetics and Human Behavior

Ronnee Yashon and Michael R. Cummings

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This book will look at behavior in a different way. Have you heard of the phrase nature vs nurture? Simply, it asks what influences our behavior? This has been a debated topic since early man. Nature is usually defined as what is given to us before we are born, specifically, as discussed in this text, genetics. Nurture means learning that we acquire from our environment–parents, friends, and other influences.

In this book, we will look at the newest scientific work, how both genetics and environment effect how we behave. Science, specifically genetics, is now finding its way into all areas of everyday life, criminal law, politics, and how our brain is involved in our actions.

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Ronnee Yashon

Ronnee Yashon is a nationally known expert in teaching genetics, ethics, and the law on all levels. She has a law degree and a background in teaching in the high school, undergraduate, and college levels. In addition, Ronnee has developed and presented numerous workshops for science teachers and disseminated interdisciplinary lessons at local and national conventions, including NSTA and NABT. Ronnee has presented this case study method all over the country and she has six case study books for teacher’s use.

Michael R. Cummings

Michael R. Cummings is the author or coauthor of several leading college textbooks, including Human Heredity Principles and Issues, Concepts of Genetics and Essentials of Genetics. He also authored an introductory biology text for nonmajors titled Biology: Science and Life. Mike was on the faculty of Illinois at Chicago for over 25 years, and won many awards for his teaching. He was twice named by graduating seniors as the best teacher in their years at the university.