This book grew out of an interdisciplinary conference held at Brown University, April 5–6, 2001 on the topic “Genetic Influences on Human Behavior and Development. ” The conference was held under the auspices of the Center for the Study of Human Development and funded by the Mittlemann Family Directorship at the center, the Francis Wayland Collegium for Liberal Learning at Brown University, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Pathways through Middle Childhood. It brought together scholars from a variety of disciplines—biologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and economists—for two days to discuss the implications of existing knowledge of geneticenvironment transactions for an understanding of human behavior and development. The book represents many, but not all, of the main views presented at the conference.
In addition to those who contributed chapters, the following scholars were part of the conference and of the many discussions and ideas that gave origin to this book: Susan Oyama (City University of New York), Dan Brock (now at the National Institute of Health), Felton Earls (Harvard University), David Reiss (George Washington University), Michael McKeown (Brown University), Hillary Worthen (Harvard Medical School), John Modell (Brown University), Ron Seifer (Brown University), and Kristi Wharton (Brown University). The dynamic and sometimes quite heated discussions at the conference gave impetus for the present collection.
The three coeditors equally shared the editorial work of the book with the assistance of Patricia Balsofiore, executive assistant at the Center for the Study of Human Development. Pat, with great dedication and a good sense of humor, organized all the details of the original conference and coordinated the coeditors' work and the final production of the entire manuscript. We are indebted to her for