Eliminating Genetic Reductionism from Developmental Science

@article{Lerner2015EliminatingGR,
  title={Eliminating Genetic Reductionism from Developmental Science},
  author={Richard M. Lerner},
  journal={Research in Human Development},
  year={2015},
  volume={12},
  pages={178 - 188}
}
  • R. Lerner
  • Published 27 August 2015
  • Psychology
  • Research in Human Development
Genetic reductionist ideas, whether found in behavior genetics or in its methods (e.g., heritability analysis), human sociobiology, the Five Factor Theory of personality traits, or evolutionary psychology, share several egregious flaws, including problems of logic and of relying on using a counterfactual conception of genetic processes. These ideas constitute bad science and problematic bases for applications to programs and policies. I discuss the use of theories and methods derived from the… 
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