26th APS Annual Convention: Mark Your Calendar (San Francisco, CA, USA - May 22-25, 2014)

Presidential Cross-Cutting Theme Program

Behavioral Genetics

Friday, May 23, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Continental Ballroom 1-3

Psychological research and the technology industry mutually inform and influence each other, but rarely do these two worlds meet to engage in open dialogue. This cross-cutting theme program features scientists and industry leaders organized around three subthemes: behavioral genetics, mobile sensing, and social networks. We pose the following questions: How can scientists take advantage of rapid technological advances, and how can technology harness what social scientists know about human behavior?

This is part of the Presidential Theme Program: Science and Technology.


David Cesarini

The Promises and Pitfalls of Social-Science Genetics
David Cesarini
New York University
Molecular genetic data could have a transformative impact on the social sciences but a critical challenge is that very large samples are needed for gene discovery. I argue that the necessary sample sizes can only be obtained through the creation of new infrastructures - for example, through research consortia or public-private partnerships. I provide a concrete illustration of how such infrastructures are beginning to produce promising results.

S. Alexandra Burt

Scientific Mountaineering and the Critical Role of Technology
S. Alexandra Burt
Michigan State University
When the search for scientific truths hits what seems to be an impassable wall, it is often technology that gives us a ladder. I will review some of the walls already scaled, identify current obstacles to behavioral genetic discovery, and highlight technological developments that may facilitate our climb.

Aaron Kleinman

Crowd-Sourcing Genetic Discovery
Aaron Kleinman
Over the past six years, more than a half-million people have joined 23andMe to learn about their genetics. Most of them have also contributed phenotypic information, helping to power our research efforts. In this talk, I'll discuss several of the things we've learned from these data about behavioral genetics.


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