By Veronica Emilia Nuzzolo, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Genetic influences are those inherent traits that specific genes are credited for. Behavioral genetics is the study of genetics that attempts to determine the connection between genes and patterns of behaviors and the environment (i).
I find most interesting the topic of alcoholism. Scientific/biological research has suggested that there are specific genes that determine if one would be more prone to addiction than others. For this particular issue the discussion suggests that if you possess the “addictive” gene and are exposed to environments that promote the use of alcohol then it is more than likely that this person will become an alcoholic. This environmental factor coupled with the genetic makeup of the individual appears to be a combination of genetics and environment, influences, and learning choices. (more…)