Genetic behavior

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There is a continuing body of research that seeks to establish therelationship between certain behaviors and genetic composition of theperson. Whereas behaviors may be determined by genes, it is worthnoting that the environment plays a key role in determining andshaping behavior. There is likelihood that if a child is born of anaggressive parent, he will also be aggressive since he acquires thegenes from the parents (Kim, 2009). It is clear that the childacquired the genes associated with aggressiveness from the parents,but had the environment that was provided by the parents whichenhanced the behavior.

One aspect that is largely associated with genes is theschizophrenia condition. Children born of parents with schizophreniahave a very high likelihood of having the condition. As it is clearlyknown, schizophrenia causes hallucinations and delusions henceleading to certain behaviors. These behaviors may be termed as beinggenetic by virtue of being associated with schizophrenia which wasinherited from the parents (Kim, 2009). Previous scientificresearches assumed the role of the environment in shaping behaviorand believed that all the behaviors of a person were genetic.However, recent scientific research have found out that theenvironment influences behavior to a large extent. For instance,research has found out that there is an 11% for a child to haveschizophrenia even when he or she is brought up by non-schizophrenicparents.

The issue of behavior and genetics is an ongoing research. However,one finding which is clear is that the behavior of a person isinfluenced by both genes and the environment. The complex nature ofgenes has made it extremely hard for the scientists to associate aparticular gene to a specific behavior (Kim, 2009).


Kim, Y.-K. (2009).&nbspHandbook of behavior genetics. NewYork, NY: Springer.

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