Cognitive and Behavioral Genetics OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Biology Course on Cognition and Behavior

Published Feb 13, 2009

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If you'd like to learn about how genetics may determine many of our behaviors, then check out the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) free OpenCourseWare, 'Cognitive and Behavioral Genetics.' Part of a Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences curriculum, this class dives into a range of topics, like how genetics can impact language and sexuality. You should have a college level knowledge of biology in order to benefit from this online course.

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Cognitive and Behavioral Genetics: Course Details

'Cognitive and Behavioral Genetics' is a free OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This lecture-based class was originally taught by MIT professors Elly Nedivi and Steven Pinker, explores the impact that our genes can have on the way we learn, speak, feel and behave. 'Cognitive and Behavioral Genetics' utilizes a range of methodologies, including gene mapping and statistical analysis to explore this relationship across populations. Specific topics include gene structure, neurogenetics, the relationship of genetics to language and the relationship of genetics to sexuality. Students also learn about genetics and emotional and mental disorders, like alcoholism or schizophrenia. 'Cognitive and Behavioral Genetics' is for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. You should already have a background in college level biology in order to take this course.

This free OpenCourseWare includes a syllabus, course schedule, partial bibliography, study notes and a description of a written assignment. To learn more, visit the 'Cognitive and Behavioral Genetics' course page.

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