David T. Lykken (Geneticist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

David T. Lykken

David Thoreson Lykken was a behavioral geneticist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He is best known for his work on twin studies and lie detection.

Born: David Thoreson Lykken, June 18, 1928, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: September 15, 2006
Fields: Psychology, behavioral genetics
Institutions: University of Minnesota, Deep Springs College
Known for: Twin studies, Lie detection, Set-point Theory of Happiness
Alma mater: University of Minnesota

About David T. Lykken

Behavioral geneticist who worked on twin studies and lie detection. He was a faculty member at the University go Minnesota for the entirety of his career.

Before Fame

He attended the University of Minnesota where he studied psychology and statistics.


He was a member of the American Psychological Association and he was the proponent of a set-point theory of happiness, which posits that one’s sense of well-being is half determined by genetics and half determined by circumstances.

Family Life

He had three sons with wildlife advocate Harriet Betts Lykken.


He was influenced by Sigmund Freud.

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  • Deep Springs College faculty
  • Behavior geneticists
  • Fellows of the American Psychological Association
  • American geneticists

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