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IBCS Seminar Series

Blueprint: How DNA makes us who we are

Speaker: Professor Robert Plomin, Professor of Behavioural Genetics, Kings College London

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Professor Robert Plomin is past president of the international Behavior Genetics Association, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and fellow of numerous scientific bodies including the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has received numerous awards, including lifetime achievement awards from the American Psychological Society, the Behavior Genetics Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development. 
Professor Plomin has shown the importance of nonshared environment, a term that he coined to refer to the environmental factors that reduce the similarity of individuals raised in the same family environment. In addition, he has shown that many environmental measures in psychology show genetic influence and that genetic factors can mediate associations between environmental measures and developmental outcomes. He currently leads the Twins Early Development Study of all twins born in England from 1994 to 1996, focusing on developmental delays in early childhood, their association with behavioural problems and educational attainment.


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