Blueprint: The DNA revolution and a lifespan approach to psychological traits
The second lecture in the series, hosted by CLAHRC East of England and Eastern Academic Health Science Network, features Professor Robert Plomin, FBA, Professor of Behavioural Genetics at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London.
Professor Plomin is an international expert in behavioural genetics and directs one of the world’s leading twin studies, the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS), which has followed over 10,000 twin pairs and is one of the longest-running and largest twin studies in the world. He is a recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the Behavioural Genetics Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development.
His Life-Span Lecture will draw from his recent book, Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are, to argue that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are and that the DNA differences inherited from our parents are the consistent, life-long source of psychological individuality. He will hold-up the potential for behavioural genetics to predict our psychological promise and problems, requiring us to rethink parenting, education and society.
Professor Peter Jones and Dr Ayla Humphrey will chair the event. Book your place via Eventbrite