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24 Sep
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Lectures, Symposia, Etc.

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Research

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Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdocs

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Public Health Grand Rounds

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Department of Human Genetics
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Human Genetics Seminar - Lucas Matthews, PhD

Jointly sponsored by Human Genetics and the Center for Bioethics

Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University and the Hastings Center

Pygmalion in the genes? On the potentially negative impacts of polygenic scores for educational attainment

Genetic testing for educational outcomes – e.g., intelligence, math ability, reading ability, and educational attainment – are currently available to the general public via third-party, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies. Prominent behavior geneticists are proposing to use such genetic tests in educational settings via “precision education,” which involves tailoring individual student learning plans to genetic test results. In this seminar, Columbia University Assistant Professor, Lucas J. Matthews, PhD, will discuss recent research on this “geneticization” of education, and the potentially negative psychosocial impacts related to the application of genetic testing in educational settings. Dr. Matthews’ research points to potential stigma and self-fulfilling prophecies in which student performance may be negatively impacted by disappointing results on genetic tests for educational outcomes – a “genetic Pygmalion effect.” 

G23 PUBHL or Zoom

If you are able to, we encourage in person attendance.

Meeting URL: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/92307807208

Meeting ID: 92307807208

Passcode: seminar

This is a Dean's Public Health Grand Rounds eligible event. 

Friday, September 24 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

G23 PUBHL

Human Genetics Seminar - Lucas Matthews, PhD

Jointly sponsored by Human Genetics and the Center for Bioethics

Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University and the Hastings Center

Pygmalion in the genes? On the potentially negative impacts of polygenic scores for educational attainment

Genetic testing for educational outcomes – e.g., intelligence, math ability, reading ability, and educational attainment – are currently available to the general public via third-party, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies. Prominent behavior geneticists are proposing to use such genetic tests in educational settings via “precision education,” which involves tailoring individual student learning plans to genetic test results. In this seminar, Columbia University Assistant Professor, Lucas J. Matthews, PhD, will discuss recent research on this “geneticization” of education, and the potentially negative psychosocial impacts related to the application of genetic testing in educational settings. Dr. Matthews’ research points to potential stigma and self-fulfilling prophecies in which student performance may be negatively impacted by disappointing results on genetic tests for educational outcomes – a “genetic Pygmalion effect.” 

G23 PUBHL or Zoom

If you are able to, we encourage in person attendance.

Meeting URL: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/92307807208

Meeting ID: 92307807208

Passcode: seminar

This is a Dean's Public Health Grand Rounds eligible event. 

Friday, September 24 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

G23 PUBHL

Topic

Research

Target Audience

Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdocs

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