Quantitative Genetics, Molecular Genetics, and Intelligence

Robert Plomin, Jenae Neiderhiser

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Growing acceptance of the conclusion that genetic influence on intelligenceis significant and substantial is only the first chapter in the story of genetics and intelligence. Much remains to be learned about basic quantitative genetic issues: about nature(e.g., developmental and multivariate phenomena); about nurture (e.g., nonshared environment); and about the interface between nature and nurture (e.g., genetic influences on intelligence-related environmental measures). Most exciting is the potential application of molecular genetic techniques that will revolutionize quantitative genetic research onintelligence by identifying specific genes that contribute to genetic influence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-387
Number of pages19
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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