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Genetics of Development


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: Professor Michael Thomas
  • Assessment: a written essay of 2000-2500 words (100%)

Module description

In this module we provide you with a focused overview of contemporary research investigating genetic effects on cognitive development and characterising the current methods used to address the nature-nurture debate.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you should be:

  • able to describe the principal methods used to assess genetic influences on cognition
  • able to discuss the pathway from gene to cognition and what is intended by the term 'gene for X' where X is a cognitive ability or trait
  • familiar with some of the debates regarding the use of molecular evidence to inform developmental psychology.