Genetics and Human Agency

Genetics and Human Agency is a funding initiative sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and led by Eric Turkheimer of the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. This project is attempting to understand how can we promote the development and maintenance of highly complex behavior and virtuous character in the context of a realistic understanding of human behavioral genetics. We are particularly interested in philosophical, theoretical and empirical work involving the genetics of very complex human behavior and the interaction of genetics with human agency and self-improvement.

Study Investigators:

Jenae Neiderhiser - Penn State University
Amanda Ramos - Penn State University
Michael Burroughs - California State University, Bakersfield
Mathew Vess - Texas A & M
Rebecca Brooker - Texas A & M
Mathew Stitcher - Washington State University
Eric Turkheimer - University of Virginia