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Blueprint - How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Paperback): Robert Plomin Blueprint - How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Paperback)
Robert Plomin 1
R259 R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Save R101 (39%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Mind-blowing ... It is a hugely important book ... His story is crucial' Matt Ridley, The Times One of the world's top behavioural geneticists argues that we need a radical rethink about what makes us who we are The blueprint for our individuality lies in the 1% of DNA that differs between people. Our intellectual capacity, our introversion or extraversion, our vulnerability to mental illness, even whether we are a morning person - all of these aspects of our personality are profoundly shaped by our inherited DNA differences. In Blueprint, Robert Plomin, a pioneer in the field of behavioural genetics, draws on a lifetime's worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are. Our families, schools and the environment around us are important, but they are not as influential as our genes. This is why, he argues, teachers and parents should accept children for who they are, rather than trying to mould them in certain directions. Even the environments we choose and the signal events that impact our lives, from divorce to addiction, are influenced by our genetic predispositions. Now, thanks to the DNA revolution, it is becoming possible to predict who we will become, at birth, from our DNA alone. As Plomin shows us, these developments have sweeping implications for how we think about parenting, education, and social mobility. A game-changing book by a leader in the field, Blueprint shows how the DNA present in the single cell with which we all begin our lives can impact our behaviour as adults.

Blueprint - How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Hardcover): Robert Plomin Blueprint - How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Hardcover)
Robert Plomin 1
R467 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R95 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'A clear and engaging explanation of one of the hottest fields in science' Steven Pinker 'A hugely important book' Matt Ridley, The Times One of the world's top behavioural geneticists argues that we need a radical rethink about what makes us who we are The blueprint for our individuality lies in the 1% of DNA that differs between people. Our intellectual capacity, our introversion or extraversion, our vulnerability to mental illness, even whether we are a morning person - all of these aspects of our personality are profoundly shaped by our inherited DNA differences. In Blueprint, Robert Plomin, a pioneer in the field of behavioural genetics, draws on a lifetime's worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are. Our families, schools and the environment around us are important, but they are not as influential as our genes. This is why, he argues, teachers and parents should accept children for who they are, rather than trying to mould them in certain directions. Even the environments we choose and the signal events that impact our lives, from divorce to addiction, are influenced by our genetic predispositions. Now, thanks to the DNA revolution, it is becoming possible to predict who we will become, at birth, from our DNA alone. As Plomin shows us, these developments have sweeping implications for how we think about parenting, education, and social mobility. A game-changing book by a leader in the field, Blueprint shows how the DNA present in the single cell with which we all begin our lives can impact our behaviour as adults.

Blueprint - How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Hardcover): Robert Plomin Blueprint - How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Hardcover)
Robert Plomin
R511 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R107 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Forthcoming from the MIT Press.

Blueprint - How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Paperback): Robert Plomin Blueprint - How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Paperback)
Robert Plomin
R351 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R60 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Blueprint - How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Paperback): Robert Plomin Blueprint - How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Paperback)
Robert Plomin 1
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

One of the world's top behavioural geneticists argues that we need a radical rethink about what makes us who we are The blueprint for our individuality lies in the 1% of DNA that differs between people. Our intellectual capacity, our introversion or extraversion, our vulnerability to mental illness, even whether we are a morning person - all of these aspects of our personality are profoundly shaped by our inherited DNA differences. In Blueprint, Robert Plomin, a pioneer in the field of behavioural genetics, draws on a lifetime's worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are. Our families, schools and the environment around us are important, but they are not as influential as our genes. This is why, he argues, teachers and parents should accept children for who they are, rather than trying to mould them in certain directions. Even the environments we choose and the signal events that impact our lives, from divorce to addiction, are influenced by our genetic predispositions. Now, thanks to the DNA revolution, it is becoming possible to predict who we will become, at birth, from our DNA alone. As Plomin shows us, these developments have sweeping implications for how we think about parenting, education, and social mobility. A game-changing book by a leader in the field, Blueprint shows how the DNA present in the single cell with which we all begin our lives can impact our behaviour as adults.

Separate Social Worlds of Siblings - The Impact of Nonshared Environment on Development (Hardcover): E. Mavis Hetherington,... Separate Social Worlds of Siblings - The Impact of Nonshared Environment on Development (Hardcover)
E. Mavis Hetherington, David Reiss, Robert Plomin
R990 Discovery Miles 9 900 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

One of the most notable findings in contemporary behavior genetics is that children growing up in the same family are not very comparable. Findings suggest that in order to understand individual differences between siblings it is necessary to examine not only the shared experiences but also the differences in experiences of children growing up in the same family. In the past decade a group of investigators has begun to examine the contributions of genetics, and both shared and nonshared environment to development. As with many new research endeavors, this has proven to be a difficult task with much controversy and disagreement not only about the most appropriate models and methods of analysis to be used, but also about the interpretation of findings.
Written by some of the foremost scholars working in the area on nonshared environment, the papers in this book present their perspectives, concerns, strategies and research findings dealing with the impact of nonshared environment on individual differences in the development of siblings. This volume will have heuristic value in stimulating researchers to think in new ways about the interactions between heredity, shared and nonshared environment and the challenges in identifying their contributions to sibling differences. These papers should raise new questions about how to examine the contributions of genetic and environmental factors to development, with consideration given to the findings of this study of sibling differences and nonshared environment. Further, these papers may encourage a growing trend to integrate genetic and environmental perspectives in studies of development.

G is for Genes - The Impact of Genetics on Education and Achievement (Paperback): Kathryn Asbury, Robert Plomin G is for Genes - The Impact of Genetics on Education and Achievement (Paperback)
Kathryn Asbury, Robert Plomin
R471 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R90 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

"G is for Genes" shows how a dialogue between geneticists and educationalists can have beneficial results for the education of all children--and can also benefit schools, teachers, and society at large.

Draws on behavioral genetic research from around the world, including the UK-based Twins' Early Development Study (TEDS), one of the largest twin studies in the worldOffers a unique viewpoint by bringing together genetics and education, disciplines with a historically difficult relationshipShows that genetic influence is not the same as genetic determinism and that the environment matters at least as much as genesDesigned to spark a public debate about what naturally-occurring individual differences mean for education and equality

G is for Genes - The Impact of Genetics on Education and Achievement (Hardcover): Kathryn Asbury, Robert Plomin G is for Genes - The Impact of Genetics on Education and Achievement (Hardcover)
Kathryn Asbury, Robert Plomin
R1,621 R1,243 Discovery Miles 12 430 Save R378 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

"G is for Genes" shows how a dialogue between geneticists and educationalists can have beneficial results for the education of all children--and can also benefit schools, teachers, and society at large.

Draws on behavioral genetic research from around the world, including the UK-based Twins' Early Development Study (TEDS), one of the largest twin studies in the worldOffers a unique viewpoint by bringing together genetics and education, disciplines with a historically difficult relationshipShows that genetic influence is not the same as genetic determinism and that the environment matters at least as much as genesDesigned to spark a public debate about what naturally-occurring individual differences mean for education and equality

Blueprint (CD): Robert Plomin Blueprint (CD)
Robert Plomin
R457 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R119 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Behavioral Genetics (Hardcover, 7th ed. 2017): Valerie S. Knopik, Jenae M Neiderhiser, John C. DeFries, Robert Plomin Behavioral Genetics (Hardcover, 7th ed. 2017)
Valerie S. Knopik, Jenae M Neiderhiser, John C. DeFries, Robert Plomin
R4,856 Discovery Miles 48 560 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Authored by leading experts in the field, the new 7th edition of this classic text provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to behavioural genetics available today. Behavioural Genetics, 7th edition introduces students to the field's underlying principles, defining experiments, on-going controversies, and most recent discoveries. The text provides students with an understanding of heredity, it's DNA basis, the methods used to discover genetic influence on behaviour and identify specific genes. It then examines what is known about genetic influence on cognitive ability, psychopathology, substance abuse, personality, health psychology, and aging. Finally, it looks to the future of the field, where some of the most exciting developments in behavioural sciences are being made.

Temperament - Early Developing Personality Traits (Hardcover): Arnold H. Buss, Robert Plomin Temperament - Early Developing Personality Traits (Hardcover)
Arnold H. Buss, Robert Plomin
R2,793 Discovery Miles 27 930 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Originally published in 1984, this title looks at the development of temperament in early life. At the time of publication there were three major perspectives on temperament: paediatrics, individual differences in infants, and inherited personality traits that appear in early life. Whatever the diversity of these perspectives, they converge on personality traits that develop early in life, hence the title of this book. The authors start by looking at the main research in this field, then go on to discuss their own approach to temperament, building on their original theory from 1975.

The Genetic and Environmental Origins of Learning Abilities and Disabilities in the Early School Years (Paperback): Yulia... The Genetic and Environmental Origins of Learning Abilities and Disabilities in the Early School Years (Paperback)
Yulia Kovas, Claire M. a. Haworth, Philip S. Dale, Robert Plomin, Jennifer Thomson, …
R854 R666 Discovery Miles 6 660 Save R188 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Despite the importance of learning abilities and disabilities

in education and child development, little is known

about their genetic and environmental origins in the

early school years. We report results for English (which

includes reading, writing, and speaking), mathematics,

and science as well as general cognitive ability in a large

and representative sample of U.K. twins studied at 7, 9,

and 10 years of age. Although preliminary reports of

some of these data have been published, the purpose of

this monograph is to present new univariate, multivariate,

and longitudinal analyses that systematically examine

genetic and environmental influences for the entire sample

at all ages for all measures for both the low extremes

(disabilities) and the entire sample (abilities).

English, mathematics, and science yielded similarly

high heritabilities and modest shared environmental

influences at 7, 9, and 10 years despite major changes

in content across these years. We draw three conclusions

that go beyond estimating heritability. First, the abnormal

is normal: low performance is the quantitative extreme

of the same genetic and environmental influences

operate throughout the normal distribution. Second, continuity

is genetic and change is environmental: longitudinal

analyses suggest that age-to-age stability is primarily

mediated genetically whereas the environment contributes

to change from age to age. Third, genes are generalists

and environments are specialists: multivariate analyses

indicate that genes largely contribute tosimilarity

in performance within and between the three domains--

and with general cognitive ability--whereas the environment

contributes to differences in performance.

These conclusions have far-reaching implications for

education and child development as well as for molecular

genetics and neuroscience.

Nature and Nurture during Infancy and Early Childhood (Paperback, New ed): Robert Plomin, John C. DeFries, David W Fulker Nature and Nurture during Infancy and Early Childhood (Paperback, New ed)
Robert Plomin, John C. DeFries, David W Fulker
R840 Discovery Miles 8 400 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Quantitative genetics offers a general theory of the development of individual differences that suggests novel concepts and research strategies: the idea that genetic influences operate in age-to-age change as well as in continuity for example. Quantitative genetics also provides powerful methods to address questions of change and continuity, including model-fitting approaches that test the fit between a specific model of genetic and environmental influences and observed correlations among family members, which are here helpfully introduced. A simple parent and offspring model is extended to include longitudinal and multivariate analyses. Longitudinal quantitative genetic research is essential to the understanding of developmental change and continuity. The largest and longest longitudinal adoption study is the Colorado Adoption Project, which has generated much of the rich data on the progress from infancy to early childhood on which the authors draw throughout this 1988 book. Their conclusions about what we know, and what we need to learn, about the origins of individual differences will interest a wide range of readers.

The Relationship Code - Deciphering Genetic and Social Influences on Adolescent Development (Paperback): David Reiss, Robert... The Relationship Code - Deciphering Genetic and Social Influences on Adolescent Development (Paperback)
David Reiss, Robert Plomin, Jenae M Neiderhiser, E. Mavis Hetherington
R842 Discovery Miles 8 420 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"The Relationship Code" is the report of a longitudinal study, conducted over a ten-year period, of the influence of family relationships and genetic factors on competence and psychopathology in adolescent development. The sample for this landmark study included 720 pairs of same-sex adolescent siblings--including twins, half siblings, and genetically unrelated siblings--and their parents.

Using a clear expressive style, David Reiss and his coinvestigators identify specific mechanisms that link genetic factors and the social environment in psychological development. They propose a striking hypothesis: family relationships are crucial to the expression of genetic influences on a broad array of complex behaviors in adolescents. Moreover, this role of family relationships may be very specific: some genetic factors are linked to mother-child relationships, others to father-child relations, some to relationship warmth, while others are linked to relationship conflict or control. The specificity of these links suggests that family relationships may constitute a code for translating genetic influences into the ontogeny of behaviors, a code every bit as important for behavior as DNA-RNA.

Nature and Nurture during Infancy and Early Childhood (Hardcover): Robert Plomin, John C. DeFries, David W Fulker Nature and Nurture during Infancy and Early Childhood (Hardcover)
Robert Plomin, John C. DeFries, David W Fulker
R2,297 Discovery Miles 22 970 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Quantitative genetics offers a general theory of the development of individual differences that suggests novel concepts and research strategies: the idea that genetic influences operate in age-to-age change as well as in continuity for example. Quantitative genetics also provides powerful methods to address questions of change and continuity, including model-fitting approaches that test the fit between a specific model of genetic and environmental influences and observed correlations among family members, which are here helpfully introduced. A simple parent and offspring model is extended to include longitudinal and multivariate analyses. Longitudinal quantitative genetic research is essential to the understanding of developmental change and continuity. The largest and longest longitudinal adoption study is the Colorado Adoption Project, which has generated much of the rich data on the progress from infancy to early childhood on which the authors draw throughout this 1988 book. Their conclusions about what we know, and what we need to learn, about the origins of individual differences will interest a wide range of readers.

Temperament as a Regulator of Behavior - After Fifty Years of Research (Hardcover): Jan Strelau Temperament as a Regulator of Behavior - After Fifty Years of Research (Hardcover)
Jan Strelau; Foreword by Robert Plomin
R1,787 Discovery Miles 17 870 Special order

Nature or nurture? Are individuals born as an empty slate and shaped by their environment or are we already programmed to react in certain ways? Strelau (emeritus, psychology, Warsaw University; professor at the Warsaw School of Social Psychology since 1998) has spent more than fifty years studying this age-old question. He bases some of his conclusions on the pioneering work of the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov but carries them into the 21st century by including genetic studies. Strelau intends this book to provide a framework for others studying the field. He spends several chapters on methodology and also gives the results of his studies, primarily on how different people react in stressful situations.

The Study of Temperament - Changes, Continuities, and Challenges (Hardcover): Robert Plomin, Judy Dunn The Study of Temperament - Changes, Continuities, and Challenges (Hardcover)
Robert Plomin, Judy Dunn
R1,280 Discovery Miles 12 800 Special order

First Published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Blueprint (CD): Robert Plomin Blueprint (CD)
Robert Plomin
R677 R483 Discovery Miles 4 830 Save R194 (29%) Special order
Temperament - Early Developing Personality Traits (Paperback): Arnold H. Buss, Robert Plomin Temperament - Early Developing Personality Traits (Paperback)
Arnold H. Buss, Robert Plomin
R960 Discovery Miles 9 600 Special order

Originally published in 1984, this title looks at the development of temperament in early life. At the time of publication there were three major perspectives of temperament: paediatrics, individual differences in infants and inherited personality traits that appear in early life. Whatever the diversity of these perspectives, they converge on personality traits that develop early in life, hence the title of this book. The authors start by looking at the main research in this field, then go on to discuss their own approach to temperament, building on their original theory from 1975.

Nature, Nurture, and the Transition to Early Adolescence (Hardcover): Stephen A. Petrill, Robert Plomin, John C. DeFries, John... Nature, Nurture, and the Transition to Early Adolescence (Hardcover)
Stephen A. Petrill, Robert Plomin, John C. DeFries, John K. Hewitt
R1,436 Discovery Miles 14 360 Special order

Some of the most intriguing issues in the study of cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development arise in the debate over nature versus nurture; a debate difficult to resolve because it is difficult to separate the respective contributions of genes and environment to development.

The most powerful approach to this separation is through longitudinal adoption studies. The Colorado Adoption Project (CAP) is the only longitudinal adoption study in existence examining development continuously from birth to adolescence, which makes it a unique, powerful, and tremendously valuable resource. CAP is an ongoing assessment of 245 adopted children and 245 biological control children assessed from birth to early adolescence.

This book is the fourth in a series describing CAP results. This latest volume, edited by four eminent researchers in developmental psychology, builds on the large body of research already generated by investigating the role of genes and environments on early adolescent development.

*ACP KIP-NATURE & NURTURE:AN INTRO TO HUMAN BEHAV GENETICS (Paperback, New edition): Robert Plomin *ACP KIP-NATURE & NURTURE:AN INTRO TO HUMAN BEHAV GENETICS (Paperback, New edition)
Robert Plomin
R933 R779 Discovery Miles 7 790 Save R154 (17%) Special order
Development, Genetics and Psychology (Hardcover): Robert Plomin Development, Genetics and Psychology (Hardcover)
Robert Plomin
R1,918 Discovery Miles 19 180 Special order

First published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Separate Social Worlds of Siblings - The Impact of Nonshared Environment on Development (Paperback): E. Mavis Hetherington,... Separate Social Worlds of Siblings - The Impact of Nonshared Environment on Development (Paperback)
E. Mavis Hetherington, David Reiss, Robert Plomin
R881 Discovery Miles 8 810 Special order

One of the most notable findings in contemporary behavior genetics is that children growing up in the same family are not very comparable. Findings suggest that in order to understand individual differences between siblings it is necessary to examine not only the shared experiences but also the differences in experiences of children growing up in the same family. In the past decade a group of investigators has begun to examine the contributions of genetics, and both shared and nonshared environment to development. As with many new research endeavors, this has proven to be a difficult task with much controversy and disagreement not only about the most appropriate models and methods of analysis to be used, but also about the interpretation of findings. Written by some of the foremost scholars working in the area on nonshared environment, the papers in this book present their perspectives, concerns, strategies and research findings dealing with the impact of nonshared environment on individual differences in the development of siblings. This volume will have heuristic value in stimulating researchers to think in new ways about the interactions between heredity, shared and nonshared environment and the challenges in identifying their contributions to sibling differences. These papers should raise new questions about how to examine the contributions of genetic and environmental factors to development, with consideration given to the findings of this study of sibling differences and nonshared environment. Further, these papers may encourage a growing trend to integrate genetic and environmental perspectives in studies of development.

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