Studies of executive function look at the genetic basis of brain regions involved in decision making
The Mission of IBG
IBG's mission is to conduct interdisciplinary research and training that examines the nature and origins of individual differences in behavior. Current research at IBG uses large scale family, twin, adoption, and molecular genetic studies in humans, and behavioral and molecular genetic studies in model organisms, in order to understand behaviors of societal and health relevance, such as aging and dementia, drug use and abuse, cognitive abilities, personality, learning disabilities, and psychopathology.
We are living through one of the great scientific revolutions of our time. The advances in genetics are breathtaking, and these advances are reshaping the field of behavioral genetics. We are excited by the ways that IBG can harness the energy in the field to grow in new and important ways.
Jared Balbona, Yongkang Kim, and Matthew Keller won the Fulker award for the best paper published in 2021 in Behavioral Genetics. The paper presents a model for using polygenic scores within families to estimate the degree to which parent-offspring similarity is due to direct parental influences versus shared genetics, and...