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Epigenetics and well-being: optimal adaptation to the environment

Moshe Szyf and Michael Pluess

in Genetics of Psychological Well-Being: The role of heritability and genetics in positive psychology

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199686674
eISBN:
9780191766787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686674.003.0013
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Humans like other species need to adapt to their physical and social environments to maintain optimal functioning. The concept of epigenetics was developed to provide an explanation for the fact that ... More


Epigenetics of Mammalian Parenting

Frances A. Champagne

in Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution: Culture, Childrearing and Social Wellbeing

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199964253
eISBN:
9780199366828
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964253.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Parental behavior serves as a critical environmental context for developing infants. Studies of mother-infant interactions across species in mammals suggest that the tactile stimulation received by ... More


The genetic and epigenetic essentials of modern humans

Robert A. Philibert and Steven R. H. Beach

in Genetics of Psychological Well-Being: The role of heritability and genetics in positive psychology

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199686674
eISBN:
9780191766787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686674.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Over the past two decades, our ability to quantify genetic and epigenetic contributions to human behavior has increased by several orders of magnitude. Although therapeutic manipulation of genetic ... More


Changeable Children: Evolved Plasticity and Development

David F. Bjorklund

in How Children Invented Humanity: The Role of Development in Human Evolution

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190066864
eISBN:
9780190066895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190066864.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Plasticity is an evolved feature of Homo sapiens and is greatest early in development. Plasticity permits children to adjust to diverse environments and still grow up to be productive members of ... More


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