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Turkheimer, Eric

Eric Turkheimer

Primary Appointment


Contact Information

Telephone: 982-4732

Research Interests

Research Description

The Turkheimer lab studies how interactions between genes and environments shape the development of human behavior. We study many different aspects of behavior, but we are especially interested in issues involved in family life, including marriage, divorce and parenting. Other lines of research focus on the development of human intelligence and personality, particularly in the processes that lead siblings to become different from each other over time. We also study human personality in ways that don't explicitly include genetics. We are developing methods that allow richer and more individualized assessments of personality, and that control for the role played by self-esteem when people describe their own personality. UNLEASH (Undergraduate Research) Our research interests are divided into two main areas of study: behavioral genetics and personality assessment. From a behavioral genetics standpoint, we attempt to understand and predict adolescent externalizing behaviors such as risk-taking and substance abuse using genetically informed designs and sophisticated statistical models. Our interest in personality assessment drives us to explore new methods of personality disorder measurement and classification using both self- and peer-report. RAs will have the opportunity to gain valuable research experience. Their integration into the lab consists of working alongside graduate students and faculty on ongoing projects as well as new research ideas that may develop. Typical RA duties include data entry and analysis, literature searches, and information gathering. While not mandatory, strong quantitative skills are recommended. Contact: Prof. Turkheimer

Selected Publications

Beam CR, Emery RE, Reynolds CA, Gatz M, Turkheimer E, Pedersen NL, Widowhood and the Stability of Late Life Depressive Symptomatology in the Swedish Adoption Twin Study of Aging., 2015; Behavior genetics. () PMID: 26303346 |

Pettersson E, Mendle J, Turkheimer E, Horn EE, Ford DC, Simms LJ, Clark LA, Do maladaptive behaviors exist at one or both ends of personality traits?, 2014; Psychological assessment. 26(2) 433-46 PMID: 24490679 |

Beam CR, Turkheimer E, Phenotype-environment correlations in longitudinal twin models., 2013; Development and psychopathology. 25(1) 7-16 PMID: 23398749 |

Nisbett RE, Aronson J, Blair C, Dickens W, Flynn J, Halpern DF, Turkheimer E, Intelligence: new findings and theoretical developments., 2012; The American psychologist. 67(2) 130-59 PMID: 22233090 |

Turkheimer E, Genetics and human agency: comment on Dar-Nimrod and Heine (2011)., 2011; Psychological bulletin. 137(5) 825-8 PMID: 21859182 |

Pettersson E, Turkheimer E, Item Selection, Evaluation, and Simple Structure in Personality Data., 2010; Journal of research in personality. 44(4) 407-420 PMID: 20694168 | PMCID: PMC2914336

Tucker-Drob EM, Harden KP, Turkheimer E, Combining nonlinear biometric and psychometric models of cognitive abilities., 2009; Behavior genetics. 39(5) 461-71 PMID: 19633945 | PMCID: PMC2903767