Twin Studies of Political Behavior: Untenable Assumptions?

  title={Twin Studies of Political Behavior: Untenable Assumptions?},
  author={J. Beckwith and C. A. Morris},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  • J. Beckwith, C. A. Morris
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Perspectives on Politics
  • Using the “classical twin method,” political scientists John Alford, Carolyn Funk, and John Hibbing conclude that political ideologies are significantly influenced by genetics, an assertion that has garnered considerable media attention. Researchers have long used human twins in attempts to assess the degree of genetic influence on various behavioral traits. Today, this methodology has been largely replaced in favor of contemporary molecular genetic techniques, and thus heritability studies… CONTINUE READING
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