Harry Potter and Behavioral Genetics

Lei Yu (Genetics)
Ying Sun (Center of Alcohol Studies)

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