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PsychologyGenetic CounselingGeneticsBehavioral Medicine

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

1

7 videos (Total 110 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
1B: The Eugenics Movement 15m
1C: What is Behavioral Genetics? 7m
1D: The John/Joan Case 17m
1E: Phenylketonuria (PKU) 15m
1F: Huntington Disease - Supplementary 18m
Unit 1 Office Hours Video 20m
3 readings
Required Reading #1: Genetics and Human Behaviour: the Ethical Context10m
Required Reading #2: Taboo Genetics10m
Additional resources for Topic #110m
1 practice exercise
Unit 1 Quiz12m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

2

8 videos (Total 144 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
2B: How to Assess Twin Similarity 14m
2C: Findings from Twin Studies 16m
2D: Are Twin Studies Valid? 19m
2E: Adoption Studies: Not by Twins Alone 13m
2F: Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart (MISTRA) 18m
2G: Conversation with Tom Bouchard - Supplementary 19m
Unit 2 Office Hours Video 26m
2 readings
Required reading: Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart10m
Additional resources for Topic #210m
1 practice exercise
Unit 2 Quiz14m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

3

7 videos (Total 138 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
3B: Galtonian Inheritance (aka Quantitative Genetics) 19m
3C: How is Heritability Estimated? 22m
3D: What Heritability Is and What It Is Not 12m
3E: Gene-Environment Interaction 21m
3F: Multivariate Approaches - Supplementary 11m
Unit 3 Office Hours Video 30m
2 readings
Required reading: The Human Genome10m
Additional resources Topic #310m
1 practice exercise
Unit 3 Quiz10m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

4

10 videos (Total 159 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
4B: What Is a Gene? 9m
4C: Three Surprising Findings From the Human Genome Project 13m
4D: Genetic Variation 20m
4E: Williams Syndrome 11m
4F: The X Chromosome 7m
4G: Prader-Willi & Angelman Syndromes 13m
4H: Genetic Regulation and Epigenetics 21m
4I: Epigenetic Inheritance - Supplementary 20m
Unit 4 Office Hours Video 30m
3 readings
Required reading #1: Genomic Medicine10m
Required reading #2: Epigenetics10m
Additional resources Topic #410m
1 practice exercise
Unit 4 Quiz 18m
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Top reviews from Introduction to Human Behavioral Genetics

By OOJun 14th 2019

This is a very interesting course. I've learned a lot and is helpful to understand how exactly genetics effects us and hat factors contribute to schizophrenia. Great course, would highly recommend!

By MMSep 13th 2018

It is an amazing course. After this course, my perspective towards genetics and psychology have changed. Many thanks to Professor Matt McGue. He has been one amazing guide, for the subject.

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Matt McGue

Regents Professor
Psychology

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