The Trouble with Twin Studies: A Reassessment of Twin Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Routledge, Nov 20, 2014 - Psychology - 334 pages

The Trouble with Twin Studies questions popular genetic explanations of human behavioral differences based upon the existing body of twin research. Psychologist Jay Joseph outlines the fallacies of twin studies in the context of the ongoing decades-long failure to discover genes for human behavioral differences, including IQ, personality, and the major psychiatric disorders. This volume critically examines twin research, with a special emphasis on reared-apart twin studies, and incorporates new and updated perspectives, analyses, arguments, and evidence.


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A new look at a standard of conventional wisdom. The author examines the twin studies upon which so many of our assumptions about genetic pre-disposition of behavior is based. He starts with the ... Read full review


List of Illustrations
Origins Publications and Scandal
The Critics Respond
Basic Assumptions and Potential Fallacies
Biases Assumptions
IQ and Personality Studies
Twin Research in Psychiatry
The Ultimate Test of Genetic Interpretations
The Crumbling Pillars of Behavioral Genetics
A Human Genetics Parable
Summary and Conclusions
A LittleKnown Behavioral Genetic Adoption Study Whose
List of Quotations from Twin Researchers and Others Invoking

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Jay Joseph, PsyD., is a licensed psychologist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1998 he has published two books, several book chapters, and many articles in peer reviewed journals, where he has presented a critical appraisal of genetic theories and research in psychiatry and psychology.

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