Psychology Slideshow

Eric Turkheimer, Hugh Scott Hamilton Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia to Present 2019 Lanier Lecture

3/6/2019  8:00 am

April 1, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Beckman Institute

A century of twin and adoption designs has demonstrated beyond any doubt that all human indivdual differences are heritable. Once we have accepted that fact, what can the genetics of behavior actually teach us about the important questions: why does the behavior of human beings differ, and how do those differences develop? These questions have only become more pressing as new genetic methods based on measured DNA have started to replace quantitative genetic methods based on family members. Sometimes, genetic analysis provides deep insight into the genesis of behavior that is not evident from simple observation of the phenotype; other times, however, it does not. This lecture will explain how to tell the difference.