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Behavioral epigenetics


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behavioral epigenetics

Behavioral epigenetics is the field of study examining the role of epigenetics in shaping animal behaviour. It is an experimental science that seeks to explain how nurture shapes nature, where nature refers to biological heredity and nurture refers to virtually everything that occurs during the life-span. Behavioral epigenetics attempts to provide a framework for understanding how the expression of genes is influenced by experiences and the environment to produce individual differences in behaviour, cognition, personality, and mental health.
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    • Background 

    • Discovery 

    • Research into epigenetics in psychology 

    • Cognition 

    • Psychopathology and mental health 

    • Limitations and future direction