Types of Studies in Behavioral Genetics: Twin, Family & Adoption


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How have twin studies proven to be beneficial?

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1. A statistic for measuring how much a trait in one twin compares or contrasts with the same trait in the other twin is the _____.

2. In family studies, the proband refers to the _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments are available for you to quiz yourself on behavioral genetics, a field that focuses on inherited behavioral traits. Quiz questions will ask you about the Minnesota Twin Study and neuroticism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions in these assessments have the following objectives:

  • Define the term neuroticism
  • Recognize how fraternal and identical twins differ
  • Understand the term proband
  • Describe the findings of the Minnesota Twin Study

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows students to practice these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related psychology lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding measuring behavioral traits of twins
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about behavioral genetics

Additional Learning

Learn more about the behavioral genetics, review the related lesson called Behavioral Genetics. This lesson focuses on the following objectives:

  • Discover the contributions of Hans Jurgen Eysenck to the study of behavioral genetics
  • Learn about the importance of statistics in studies on behavioral genetics
  • Understand the importance of concordance rates
  • Examine the use of family studies in behavioral genetics