Robert Plomin is MRC Research Professor in Behavioural Genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.
He has published more than 800 papers, and is the author of the best-selling textbook in the field as well as a dozen other books.
After 40 years of research he has come to the view that inherited DNA differences are the major systematic force that makes us who we are as individuals – our mental health and illness, our personality and our cognitive abilities and disabilities.
The environment is important but it works completely different from the way we thought it worked. The DNA revolution has made it possible to use DNA to predict our psychological problems and promise from birth. These advances in genetic research call for a radical rethink about what makes us who we are with sweeping, and no doubt controversial, implications for the way we think about parenting, education and the events that shape our lives.
This is the theme of his book, Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Allen Lane / Penguin Books, October 2018).