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Jay Joseph

The Gene Illusion[1] is a book by clinical psychologist Jay Joseph,[2] published in 2003, which challenges the evidence underlying genetic theories in psychiatry and psychology. Focusing primarily on twin and adoption studies, he attempts to debunk the methodologies used to establish genetic contributions to schizophrenia, criminal behaviour, and IQ. In the nature vs. nurture debate on the causes of mental disorders, Joseph's criticisms of genetic research in psychiatry have found their place among those who argue that the environment is overwhelmingly the cause of these disorders, particularly with psychiatry critic Jonathan Leo,[3][4] and with Oliver James.[5][6][7] The conclusions of The Gene Illusion have been criticized by mainstream researchers in genetics, psychiatry, and psychology.[8][9]

Joseph expressed similar criticism of the genetics research in autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder in his second book, The Missing Gene: Psychiatry, Heredity, and the Fruitless Search for Genes (2006). He and J. Leo (who cites Joseph's publications) have also criticized some of the papers published in mainstream medical journals on the topic of psychiatric genetics by sending letters to the editor,[4][10] which were rebuked by these mainstream researchers.[11][12]

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  • Jay Joseph's Web site


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