Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The sources of human uniqueness
Posted by Kevin Mitchell
I am currently taking a short break from blogging to concentrate on teaching and on organising the Wiring the Brain conference, which will be held in April. Should be back in the saddle in a few weeks time. In the meantime, here's one of my original posts from a couple years ago.
It argues that intrinsic variation in how the program of brain development runs is a major source of individual differences in all manner of behavioural traits. In short, if you cloned yourself a hundred times you would end up with a hundred quite individual brains, each wired in its own way. Of course they would be more similar to each other than to some random person, because genetic effects are very important, but they would also be more innately unique than might be expected from the results of behavioural genetic experiments. Read the full post here: Nature, nurture and noise