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James Wilson, Ph.D.

James Wilson
Dr. James Wilson


Email: James Wilson
Phone: (970) 858-1370
Fax: (970) 858-1370
Office hours: online only, email anytime
Areas of Expertise:
Behavioral Genetics

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Physiological Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

A.B., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley


Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, in Physiological Psychology; emphasizing studies of endocrine function and sex behavior.

1966-1997 at University of Colorado at Boulder, as Faculty Fellow, Institute for Behavioral Genetics; and Research Associate, Ass't, Prof., Assoc. Prof, and Professor, Department of Psychology.

1999-present: Teaching Behavioral Genetics, online, for Departments of Biology and Psychology, UC Denver.

Early research was on endocrine function, using rat and mouse models. Later research included research on human cognitive function, and genetic aspects of tobacco, alcohol and drug use.

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Select Publications

Wilson, J. R., Kuehn, R. E., & Beach, F. A. (1963). "Modifications in the sexual behavior of male rats produced by changing the stimulus female." Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 56, 636-644. Reprinted in S. E. Glickman & P. M. Milner, Eds. (1969), The neurological basis of motivation. New York: Van Nostrand.

Wilson, J. R., Adler, N., & LeBoeuf, B. (1965). "The effects of intromission frequency on successful pregnancy in the female rat." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 53, 1392-1395. Reprinted in D. W. Dewsbury, Ed. (1981), "Mammalian sexual behavior: Foundations for contemporary research." Stroudsburg, PA: Hutchinson Ross.

Uphouse, L. L., Wilson, J. R., & Schlesinger, K. (1970). "Induction of estrus in mice: The possible role of adrenal progesterone." Hormones and Behavior, 1, 255-264.

Wilson, J. R., DeFries, J. C., McClearn, G. E., Vandenberg, S. G., Johnson, R. C., & Rashad, M. N. (1975). "Cognitive abilities: Use of family data as a control to assess sex and age differences in two ethnic groups." International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 6, 261-276. Reprinted in R. Kastenbaum, Ed. (1980), Perspectives in aging and human development. Farmingdale, NY: Baywood.

Wilson, J. R., McClearn, G. E., & Johnson, R. C. (1978). "Ethnic variations in use and effects of alcohol." Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 3, 147-151.

Wilson, J. R., & Vandenberg, S. G. (1978). "Sex differences in cognition: Evidence from the Hawaii family study. In T. E. McGill, D. A. Dewsbury, & B. Sachs (Eds.)," Sex and behavior: Status and prospectus (pp. 317-335). New York: Plenum

Wilson, J. R., & Erwin, V. G. (1983). "Rate of alcohol metabolism: Do not "correct" the Beta60 estimate for comparisons among ethnic groups." Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 44, 1093-1096.

Wilson, J. R., Erwin, V. G., DeFries, J. C., Petersen, D. R., & Cole-Harding, S. (1984). "Ethanol dependence in mice: Direct and correlated responses to ten generations of selective breeding." Behavior Genetics, 14, 235-256.

Wilson, J. R., & Plomin, R. (1985). "Individual differences in sensitivity and tolerance to alcohol." Social Biology, 32, 162-184.

Rodriguez, L. A., Wilson, J. R., & Nagoshi, C. T. (1993). "Does psychomotor sensitivity to alcohol predict subsequent alcohol abuse?" Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 17, 155-161.

Courses Taught

UCD: Behavioral Genetics.

UC Boulder: General Biology, Genetics, Animal Behavior, Behavioral Genetics, Homones and Behavior, Generay Psych, Introduction to Statistics and many seminars.

University of California, Santa Cruz: Introduction to Statistics and Behavioral Genetics.

University of Hawaii: Introduction to Statistics.