Behavioral Epigenetics (Robert Sapolsky)

Behavioral epigenetics is defined as the study of how epigenetic alterations induced by experience and environmental stress may affect behavior. It studies epigenetic alterations due to environmental enrichment. Generally, molecular processes underlying epigenetic regulation in behavioral epigenetics include DNA methylation, post-translational histone modifications, noncoding RNA activity, and other unknown molecular processes.

On April 12, 2010, Robert Sapolsky introduces a two-part series exploring the controversial scientific practice of inferring behavior to genetics. He covers classical techniques in behavior genetics and flaws, the significance of environmental factors, non genetic inheritance of traits, and multigenerational effects and relationship to epigenetic differences.

Two days later, Robert Sapolsky continues his series addressing the link between behavior and genetics. He covers the complex endeavor of gene isolation and variability and heritability and wrongly eliminated environmental influences in heritability tests — finding that genes and environment are infinitely interconnected and co-dependent on each other.

Translation of epigenetic rules of individual behavior into ethnographic patterns

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Psychology and Epigenetics

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Behavioral Epigenetics: Perspectives Based on Experience-Dependent Epigenetic Inheritance

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Behavioral Epigenetics: How Nurture Shapes Nature

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