Paige Harden is a tenured psychology professor at the University of Texas, where she leads the Developmental Behavior Genetics lab and co-directs the Texas Twin Project, a study of the interplay between genes, hormones, risky behavior, and cognitive functioning in child and adolescent twins. She has published over 100 scientific articles on genetic influences on complex human behavior, and in 2017, she was honored by the American Psychological Association for her scientific contributions to the study of genetics and human individual differences.
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“Robert Plomin argues that ‘only DNA matters’, making it possible to ‘predict your future from birth’. It’s an outlandish claim that raises many ethical questions.”
“The phenomenon of genetic nurture underscores that the results of genetic association studies cannot be interpreted as support for a biologically determinist account of human individual differences, as most social scientists who work with genetic data have stressed.”
“Parenting is often conceptualized in terms of its effects on offspring. However, children may also play an active role in influencing the parenting they receive. Simple correlations between parenting and child outcomes may be due to parent-to-child causation, child-to-parent causation, or some combination of the two.”