Nature/Nurture: BBS Call for Commentators

Stevan Harnad harnad at phoenix.Princeton.EDU
Mon Jul 30 17:35:01 EST 1990


Below is the abstract of a forthcoming target article to appear in
Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS), an international, interdisciplinary
journal that provides Open Peer Commentary on important and
controversial current research in the biobehavioral and cognitive
sciences. Commentators must be current BBS Associates or nominated by a
current BBS Associate. To be considered as a commentator on this
article, to suggest other appropriate commentators, or for information
about how to become a BBS Associate, please send email to:

harnad at clarity.princeton.edu  or harnad at pucc.bitnet        or write to:
BBS, 20 Nassau Street, #240, Princeton NJ 08542  [tel: 609-921-7771]

To help us put together a balanced list of commentators, please give some
indication of the aspects of the topic on which you would bring your
areas of expertise to bear if you are selected as a commentator.
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The nature of nurture:  Genetic influence on "environmental" measures

Robert Plomin & C. S. Bergeman
Center for Developmental & Health Genetics
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA  16802

Abstract:  Evidence for genetic influence on environmental measures
will emerge in quantitative genetic analyses if genetically influenced
characteristics of individuals are assessed by the environmental 
measures.  Recent twin and adoption studies indicate substantial 
genetic influence when measures of the environment are treated as
phenotypes in genetic analyses.  Genetic influence has been documented
for measures as diverse as videotaped observations of parental behavior
towards their children, ratings by parents and children of their
family environment, and ratings of peer groups, social support, and
life events.  Evidence for genetic influence on environmental measures
includes some of the most widely used measures of environment, such as
the Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment, the Family
Environment Scales, and the Social Readjustment Rating Scale of life
events.  The goal of this article is to document and discuss these  
findings and to elicit commentary that might help to shape the course
of research on this topic, which has far-reaching implications for the
behavioral and brain sciences.

Stevan Harnad  Department of Psychology  Princeton University
harnad at clarity.princeton.edu / harnad at pucc.bitnet / srh at flash.bellcore.com 
harnad at learning.siemens.com / harnad at elbereth.rutgers.edu / (609)-921-7771



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