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Exploring Origins and Impacts of Beliefs about Genetic Causation

May 18, 2023 @ 2:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

Genomic research has fueled hopes that genetic findings will lead the way to precision
medicine. But whether patients seek and use genetic information will depend on how
they understand the link between genetics and health. This conference will address
the psychological processes involved in seeking explanations and how they apply to
understanding the causal role of genetics. Speakers will also describe empirical research
on the types of phenomena most readily attributed to genetics by members of the
general population, and the psychosocial impacts of receiving disease-related genomic
information among people affected by or at risk of disease.

Hastings Center scholars, Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston, will be speaking at Columbia University Medical Center’s annual conference, Center for Research on Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics.

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