DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Ebstein, Richard P.
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Ebstein, Richard P.

Professor

Ph.D. (Yale), M.S. (Yale), B.Sc. (Union College)

Richard Ebstein's research revolves around human behavior genetics, with the overarching goal of providing molecular insights into the role of genes as a partial contributor to all facets of human behavior. His work is highly interdisciplinary and combines personality, social, cognitive, and neuropsychology with techniques of molecular genetics. Major research areas include neuroeconomics, the genetics of social behavior and normal personality, autism, ADHD, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

Research Interests:
  • Neuroeconomics
  • Molecular Genetic Studies of Normal Personality
  • Molecular Biomarkers, Epigenetics and Individual Differences
  • Molecular Genetic Underpinnings of Human Altruism
  • Molecular Genetic Studies of Risk, Risky Behaviors & Substance Abuse
  • Psychological and Genetic Aspects of Eating Disorders
  • Mapping Genes to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Molecular Genetic Investigations of Autism
  • Molecular Genetic Underpinnings of Musical Memory
Recent/ Representative Publications:
  • Ebstein R.P., Knafo A., Mankuta D., Chew S.H., Lai P.S.
    The contributions of oxytocin and vasopressin pathway genes to human behavior.
    Horm Behav. Mar 2012; 61(3): 359-379.
  • Chew, S. H., Ebstein, R. P., & Zhong, S. (2012).
    Ambiguity aversion and familiarity bias: Evidence from behavioral and gene association studies.
    Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 1-18.
  • Edelman, S., Shalev, I., Uzefovsky, F., Israel, S., Knafo, A., Kremer, I., Ebstein, R. P. (2012).
    Epigenetic and Genetic Factors Predict Women's Salivary Cortisol following a Threat to the Social Self.
    PloS one, 7(11), e48597.