Goldsmiths - University of London

Individual differences in mathematical ability: A behavioral genetic approach.

Petrill, S.A. and Kovas, Yulia. 2015. Individual differences in mathematical ability: A behavioral genetic approach. In: D.B. Berch; D.C. Gary and K. Mann Koepke, eds. Development of mathematical cognition: Neural substrates and genetic influences. San Diego, CA, US.: Elsevier Academic Press. ISBN 9780128019092 [Book Section]

No full text available

Abstract or Description

This chapter examines mathematics and related cognitive and neurobiological characteristics from the perspectives of quantitativeand molecular genetics. After describing quantitativegenetic methods, weexamine the genetic and environmental etiology of mathematics performance and mathematical cognition. Next, we examine the genetic and environmental etiology of the developmentof mathematics achievementas well as relationships among mathematics, mathematical cognition and other academic features, in particular reading, motivation, and emotional characteristics. We conclude with a discussion of molecular genetics and neurobiological studies of mathematics within genetically informative designs.

Item Type: Book Section

Identification Number (DOI):


Additional Information:

YK's work is supported by the grant from the Government of the Russian Federation (Grant 11.G34.31.0043).


mathematics, cognition, reading, genetics, GCTA, multivariate, longitudinal, twins, DNA, neurobiology

Departments, Centres and Research Units:



30 October 2015Published

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

12 Jul 2017 10:55

Last Modified:

12 Jul 2017 10:59

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20730
Edit Record Edit Record (login required)