Harry Potter and Behavioral Genetics

Lei Yu (Genetics)

Our behavioral patterns are deeply rooted in genetics.  Not only do they include patterns of physical behaviors, but they also include patterns of cognition and thought processes.  We readily observe such patterns in daily life, even though it is not easy to determine their genetic basis.  In this seminar, we will use examples of behavioral patterns from the popular Harry Potter book series as a literary platform to introduce scientific approaches for studying behavioral genetics.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 71 index 14155