Most published research is catalogued in discipline-specific databases. For example, PsycINFO is a database that indexes research that has been published in psychology journals. Most databases require subscriptions that are paid for by the academic institution. However, Google Scholar is a research database that Google has created for the public.

Visit Google Scholar and try to find a peer-reviewed article that uses behavioral genetics to study a specific behavior or mental process. You will probably not be able to access and read the article (the journals that publish research articles often also require a subscription) but you will be able to access the abstract. Give your post a clear title (ex. “Behavioral genetics suggests that between 20% and 50% of intelligence is heritable.” LINK). Identify the phenotype that is being studied.

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FYI: In Google Scholar you will likely need to use the Boolean operator ‘AND’ to search for a specific behavior ex. behavioral genetics AND intelligence, or behavioral genetics AND memory (see above)

You can either record your efforts in your private learning journal or you can make your learning public on your blog by using the hastags #IPSY102 #BehavioralGeneticsAnd. Using these hashtags will allow WEnotes to harvest your contribution and add them to the Course feed.