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Gene Environment Research Initiative presents two workshops

The Gene Environment Research Initiative (GERI) presents two workshops.

The Gene Environment Research Initiative (GERI) presents two workshops:

“Integrating Genes into Social Science: 
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”

It has become increasingly common to add candidate genes to behavioral science research.  Sometimes this leads to new findings regarding how genes and environments transact to affect our lives, but sometimes not. This workshop will present an overview of the challenges associated with adding candidate genes to conventional social science data collections and host a discussion among interested researchers on the potential value and challenges of adding candidate genes to their current and potential research projects.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Please register by Monday, March 25 to attend.  RSVP to Laureen Teti at LOT1@psu.edu 
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“Quantitative Behavioral Genetics: 
What Twins Can Do for your Research”
Consideration of gene-environment interplay can further inform our understanding of a wide array of behavioral traits and provide additional information about mechanisms. There is some confusion, however, about what quantitative genetic and twin models can do, what heritability findings mean, how best to interpret them and how they might matter for the broader discourse in the social sciences regarding the study of social traits and health related behaviors. In this workshop, we explicate how genes operate, the most common forms of twin analyses and their recent applications in the social sciences.  In so doing, we discuss how twin models are useful in experiments, understanding preferences, behaviors and the role of the environment.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Please register by Monday, April 1 to attend.  RSVP to Laureen Teti at LOT1@psu.edu 
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Both workshops are 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in 127 Moore Building
All are welcome including faculty, students and research staff. 

Adobe Connect will be available upon request. 
A light lunch will be served.

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Sponsored by: the Child Study Center and the Social Science Research Institute