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2005 Recipient

Dr. Thomas J. Bouchard Jr.

Professor of Psychology
University of Minnesota

Dr. Thomas J. Bouchard Jr., Professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Minnesota Center for Twin and Adoption Research, was awarded the 2005 Kistler Prize in recognition of his scientific research regarding human individual differences caused by genetic and environmental influences.

Born in 1937 in Manchester, NH, Bouchard joined the Air Force at age 17 and trained to be an aircraft and engine mechanic. He was educated at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1963; Ph.D., 1966). After three years on the UC-Santa Barbara faculty, he moved to the University of Minnesota, where he became Associate Professor in 1970 and Professor in 1973. He served on the university’s Institute of Human Genetics Executive Committee for twelve years, and was Chairman of the Department of Psychology for six years. He has been Director of the Minnesota Center for Twin and Adoption Research since 1983. In addition he was instrumental in the launching of the Minnesota Twin Family Registry, for which he was a principal investigator. The Registry included some 8,000 pairs of twins born in Minnesota from 1936 to 1955, plus some 1,200 pairs of male twins born between 1971 and 1981.

The work for which Dr. Bouchard is awarded the Kistler Prize is his scientific research in the study of human individual differences, specifically through the study of monozygotic and dizygotic twins. As Director of the Minnesota Center for Twin and Adoption Research, Bouchard led the Center’s primary research project, the Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart. Launched in 1979, the project’s first phase continued for 20 years and involved psychological and medical assessment of twins separated early in life. The second phase was a longitudinal study of aging that commenced in 1987 and concluded in 2001. Bouchard’s research encompassed the whole spectrum of human individual differences, including mental abilities, intelligence, personality, vocational interests, social attitudes, values, psychomotor skills, psychopathology, emotion, expressive behavior, etc. His main contribution to the field is the demonstration – using twins reared apart, twins reared together, adoptees, and ordinary families – that the largest portion of the variance in psychological traits among human individuals is due to genetic factors. In fact, almost all reliably measured psychological traits have a moderate to strong genetic component. Further, being reared in the same home proved to have negligible influence on sibling/twin similarity for many psychological traits.

Bouchard is the author of more than 170 publications. Awards presented to him, in addition to the Kistler Prize, include the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Speaker Award (1995), Galton Award from the Galton Institute for the Study of Biology and Society (UK, 1995), and the Dobzhansky Memorial Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Scholarship in Behavior Genetics (2001). He has served as Associate Editor of both the Journal of Applied Psychology and Behavior Genetics. He also served as President of the Behavior Genetics Association and Vice President of the International Society for Twin Studies.

 

“I think the knowledge we’re generating is especially useful to families and parents. What we show is that there are significant genetic differences between people and within families. Parents ought to expect their children to be different, that those differences are fundamental, that they are real.”

—From an on-stage interview with Dr. Bouchard at the 2005 Kistler Prize Banquet