Integrating social science and genetics: News from the political front

Peter K. Hatemi, Christopher T. Dawes, Amanda Frost-Keller, Jaime E. Settle, Brad Verhulst

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Abstract

There has been growing interest in the use of genetic models to expand the understanding of political preferences, attitudes, and behaviors. Researchers in the social sciences have begun incorporating these models and have revealed that genetic differences account for individual differences in political beliefs, behaviors, and responses to the political environment. The first Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences Conference, held at Boulder, Colorado in May of 2010, brought together these researchers. As a result, we jointly review the last 5 years of research in this area. In doing so, we explicate the methods, findings, and limitations of behavior genetic approaches, including twin designs, association studies, and genome-wide analyses, in their application toward exploring political preferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-87
Number of pages21
JournalBiodemography and Social Biology
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 24 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Anthropology
  • Genetics

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