Eric Turkheimer
Hugh Scott Hamilton Professor of Psychology

226E Gilmer Hall

Office Hours:
Thu: 10:00-11:00

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.

Selected Publications

  • Cruz, J. E., Emery, R. E., & Turkheimer, E. (2012). Peer network drinking predicts increased alcohol use from adolescence to early adulthood after controlling for genetic and shared environmental selection. Developmental Psychology. Currently online. doi:10.1037/a0027515
  • Nisbett, R. E., Aronson, J., Blair, C., Dickens, W., Flynn, J., Halpern, D. F., & Turkheimer, E. (2012). Intelligence: New findings and theoretical developments. American Psychologist, 67, 130-159. doi:10.1037/a0026699
  • Pettersson, E., Turkheimer, E., Horn, E. E., & Menatti, A. R. (2012). The general factor of personality and evaluation. European Journal of Personality, 26, 292-302. doi:10.1002/per.839
  • Turkheimer, E. (2012). Genome wide association studies of behavior are social science.  In K. S. Plaisance & T.A.C. Reydon (Eds.) Philosophy of Behavioral Biology (pp. 43-64). New York, NY: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-1951-4_3