Measuring antisocial behavior well

I have previously written about issues with measuring antisocial/criminal behavior, but I found a study that did it very well, so we will be talking about it. Baker, L. A., Jacobson, K. C., Raine, A., Lozano, D. I., & Bezdjian, S. (2007). Genetic and environmental bases of childhood antisocial behavior: a multi-informant twin study. Journal…

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Cognitive ability, surveys and measurement error: possible bias in GxE studies

I saw this paper at random: The consequences of heavy alcohol use remain a serious public health problem. Consistent evidence has demonstrated that both genetic and social influences contribute to alcohol use. Research on gene-environment interaction (GxE) has also demonstrated that these social and genetic influences do not act independently. Instead, certain environmental contexts may…

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Differential measurement error and regression

In reviewing our upcoming target article in Mankind Quarterly (edit: now published), Gerhard Meisenberg wrote: “One possibility that you don’t seem to discuss is that there are true and large correlations of the Euro% variable and the geographic variables, but that the geographic variables are measured much more precisely than the Euro% variable. In that…

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