Integrating cultural evolution and behavioral genetics

Behav Brain Sci. 2022 Sep 13;45:e182. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X22000036.


The 29 commentaries amplified our key arguments; offered extensions, implications, and applications of the framework; and pushed back and clarified. To help forge the path forward for cultural evolutionary behavioral genetics, we (1) focus on conceptual disagreements and misconceptions about the concepts of heritability and culture; (2) further discuss points raised about the intertwined relationship between culture and genes; and (3) address extensions to the proposed framework, particularly as it relates to cultural clusters, development, and power. These commentaries, and the deep engagement they represent, reinforce the importance of integrating cultural evolution and behavioral genetics.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Biological Evolution
  • Cultural Evolution*
  • Genetics, Behavioral
  • Humans