Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Joseph M Horn


Professor EmeritusPh.D., University of Minnesota

Joseph M Horn

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Interests


Behavior genetics, personality, individual differences, and vocational behavior

Biography


Dr. Horn is now retired. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota majoring in Psychology. Joseph Horn's primary research interests are in the study of intellectual and personality development, behavior genetics, personality, individual differences, and vocational behavior. He started the Texas Adoption Project in 1972 and this longitudinal study of over 500 adopted children, their biological mothers, and adoptive parents and sibs continues. Results so far point to the importance of genetic influences in both the intellectual and personality domains.

Courses


PSY 345 • Individual Differences

43055 • Spring 2006
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM NOA 1.124

Study of person-to-person variation in intelligence, personality, and interests, with an emphasis on genetic and environmental determinants, developmental processes, and their relation to real-world outcomes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Psychology 341K (Topic: Individual Differences) and 345 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 341K • Psychology And Law

41530 • Spring 2005
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM NOA 1.102

This lecture course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the process of braindevelopment from embryogenesis through adulthood with emphasis on the role of the environment in directing this process. Initial lectures will focus on the origins of the central nervous system, including topics such as the organization of the brain, neurogenesis, cellular differentiation, migration and targeting of neurons, synapse formation and refinement of the nervous system. In the second half of the course, lectures will focus on the infant brain and the role of experiences during infancy in modifying brain function. Topics will also include recent advances in our understanding of the role of gene-environment interactions and epigenetic programming and shaping brain development. Finally, the adaptive vs. maladaptive outcomes of environmental modifications to the nervous system will be discussed. Throughout the course, students will be guided through examples of how changes in the developing nervous system lead to behavioral patterns both in infancy and adulthood.

PSY 345 • Individual Differences

41550 • Spring 2005
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM NOA 1.124

Study of person-to-person variation in intelligence, personality, and interests, with an emphasis on genetic and environmental determinants, developmental processes, and their relation to real-world outcomes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Psychology 341K (Topic: Individual Differences) and 345 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 345 • Individual Differences

40075 • Spring 2004
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM NOA 1.126

Study of person-to-person variation in intelligence, personality, and interests, with an emphasis on genetic and environmental determinants, developmental processes, and their relation to real-world outcomes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Psychology 341K (Topic: Individual Differences) and 345 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 341K • Psychology And Law

40295 • Spring 2003
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM NOA 1.102

This lecture course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the process of braindevelopment from embryogenesis through adulthood with emphasis on the role of the environment in directing this process. Initial lectures will focus on the origins of the central nervous system, including topics such as the organization of the brain, neurogenesis, cellular differentiation, migration and targeting of neurons, synapse formation and refinement of the nervous system. In the second half of the course, lectures will focus on the infant brain and the role of experiences during infancy in modifying brain function. Topics will also include recent advances in our understanding of the role of gene-environment interactions and epigenetic programming and shaping brain development. Finally, the adaptive vs. maladaptive outcomes of environmental modifications to the nervous system will be discussed. Throughout the course, students will be guided through examples of how changes in the developing nervous system lead to behavioral patterns both in infancy and adulthood.

PSY 345 • Individual Differences

40965 • Fall 2002
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM NOA 1.126

Study of person-to-person variation in intelligence, personality, and interests, with an emphasis on genetic and environmental determinants, developmental processes, and their relation to real-world outcomes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Psychology 341K (Topic: Individual Differences) and 345 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 345 • Individual Differences

40195 • Spring 2002
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM UTC 3.110

Study of person-to-person variation in intelligence, personality, and interests, with an emphasis on genetic and environmental determinants, developmental processes, and their relation to real-world outcomes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Psychology 341K (Topic: Individual Differences) and 345 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 345 • Individual Differences

41180 • Fall 2001
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM UTC 3.122

Study of person-to-person variation in intelligence, personality, and interests, with an emphasis on genetic and environmental determinants, developmental processes, and their relation to real-world outcomes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Psychology 341K (Topic: Individual Differences) and 345 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 388D • Individual Differences

39480 • Spring 2000
Meets W 2:00PM-5:00PM BAT 106

Person-to-person differences in cognitive abilities and personality, with emphases on genetic and environmental influences, developmental processes, and relations to real-world outcomes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

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