NOTE: I’m in the process of transferring and updating materials here from Fall 2020’s Moodle course. What you see now is incomplete, includes countless formatting errors, and is subject to change at any time.

Welcome to Psyc 408: Human Behavior Genetics!

The official course website for students currently enrolled in Psyc 408 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosted in the Moodle LMS. For information on getting started with Moodle, please consult the Learn@Illinois Moodle: Student Help page.

Each “chapter” covers a week of class time for a 15-week course, not including Fall or Spring breaks. Final grades are earned by completing tasks (small participation activities each week, and occasional larger assignments as part of an individual course project) to receive points. Each point corresponds to about 1 - 1.5 hours of effort. 90 or more points is an A, 80 is a B, and so on. The class can be taken entirely asynchronously, but there are synchronous activities available throughout the semester. There are team activities, but they’re time-limited, graded on an individual basis, and organized around shared interests.

Instructor Information

Jaime Derringer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

For general course questions, try the Course Help Discussion Forum in Moodle.


Virtual Office: schedule a time to meet on Zoom via Calendly (link in Moodle)

Departmental website:

Personal website:


Google Scholar Profile (things I’ve published):

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