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Keller, Matthew C Associate Professor

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Research

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  • Evolution and psychiatric disorders:One of my main goals has been to develop a deep understanding of modern evolutionary genetic theory and research, and to introduce those ideas into psychiatric genetics and evolutionary psychology. The effects of distal inbreeding on psychiatric disorders: Much of my current work involves testing whether psychiatric disorders show inbreeding depression. Inbreeding depression, which refers to reduced fitness among offspring of related parents, provides clues to the evolutionary genetics of traits. Development of methods to uncover the genetic architecture of traits: A final focus of my research has been the development of new behavioral genetic models that can help us better estimate causes of interpersonal differences. This ties in with my other research because the genetic architecture of traits (e.g., the level of genetic dominance) is influenced by the evolutionary factors that have shaped the trait ancestrally.

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  • use of whole-genome SNP data for testing hypotheses related to human behavioral genetic variation and human evolution

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Teaching

courses taught

  • PSYC 4011 Senior Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 4841 Independent Study (Upper Division) (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 5541 Special Topics in Psychology (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 6841 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 7012 Research in Behavioral Genetics (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • CSCI 5900 Master's Level Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 4011 Senior Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 4841 Independent Study (Upper Division) (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 5541 Special Topics in Psychology (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 6841 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 7012 Research in Behavioral Genetics (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Summer 2018)
  • PSYC 4011 Senior Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 4841 Independent Study (Upper Division) (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 6841 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 7012 Research in Behavioral Genetics (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

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