Exploring Relationships Among Belief in Genetic Determinism, Genetics Knowledge, and Social Factors

  title={Exploring Relationships Among Belief in Genetic Determinism, Genetics Knowledge, and Social Factors},
  author={Niklas Gericke and Rebecca Bruu Carver and Jeremy Castera and Neima Alice Menezes Evangelista and Claire Coiffard Marre and Charbel Ni{\~n}o El-Hani},
  journal={Science \& Education},
Genetic determinism can be described as the attribution of the formation of traits to genes, where genes are ascribed more causal power than what scientific consensus suggests. Belief in genetic determinism is an educational problem because it contradicts scientific knowledge, and is a societal problem because it has the potential to foster intolerant attitudes such as racism and prejudice against sexual orientation. In this article, we begin by investigating the very nature of belief in… 

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  • 2005
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