Behaviour genetics (BIO/2/1)

4 credits, lecture, optional, can be taken only once, Pázmány P. s. 1/c, 7.110
Responsible person and lecturer: Enikő Kubinyi, PhD (

This is a 4 days course in the exam period. Students are required to read chapters of the recommended books or other materials and give oral presentations.

Recommended literature:

Knopik, V.S., Neiderhiser, J. DeFries, J.C., Plomin, R. (2016). Behavioral genetics. (7th ed.) New York: Worth Publishers.

Detailed topics of the course:
1. Introduction to behavioural genetics
– Mendel’s Laws of Heredity
– Exceptions to Mendel’s Law
2. The Interplay between Genes and Environment
3. Identifying genes
4. Gene expression and epigenetics
5. Genetic background of complex behavioural traits: cognitive (dis)abilities, personality
6. Evolution and Behaviour