Sources of Biological Abnormalities: Genetics & Evolution


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Anne is adopted and shows signs of bipolar disorder. How can a psychologist discover if this disorder is caused by genetics or environment?

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1. Twin and adopted studies help psychologists measure:

2. Why would a negative personality disorder be passed down through evolution?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Genetics and evolution play an important role in mental illnesses, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of how biological abnormalities are passed down through genes. Some concepts you'll be assessed on include aspects of biological psychology and the reason that genes are passed down.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions in these assessments will test you on the following topics:

  • Biological psychology
  • Something that twin and adopted studies help psychologists measure
  • The reason that genes are passed down through generations

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as biological psychology
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about a hypothetical mental disorder of an adopted child
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related genetics lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about genetics, review the accompanying lesson titled Sources of Biological Abnormalities: Genetics & Evolution. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the concept of biological physiology
  • Define twin study, and determine why it is used to study genetics
  • Learn which mental disorders are influenced by genetics
  • Understand the definition of a biological model