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The Genetic and Environmental Etiology of High Math Performance in 10-Year-Old Twins

Petrill, S.; Kovas, Yulia; Hart, S.; Thompson, L. and Plomin, R.. 2009. The Genetic and Environmental Etiology of High Math Performance in 10-Year-Old Twins. Behavior Genetics, 39(4), pp. 371-379. ISSN 0001-8244 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The genetic and environmental etiology of high math performance (at or above the 85%tile) was examined in a population-based sample of 10-year-old twins (nMZ = 1,279, nDZ = 2,305). Math skills were assessed using a web-based battery of math performance tapping skills related to the UK National Math Curriculum. Probandwise concordance rates and liability threshold models indicated that genetic and shared environmental influences were significant, and that these estimates were generally similar to those obtained across the normal range of ability and did not vary significantly by gender. These results suggest that the genetic and environmental influences at the high end of ability are likely to be continuous with those that affect the entire range of math performance across all children irrespective of gender.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10519-009-9258-z

Keywords:

Mathematics, High ability, Gender Twins, Liability threshold, GENERAL COGNITIVE-ABILITY MATHEMATICS PERFORMANCE LEARNING-DISABILITIES, GENDER SIMILARITIES, EARLY-CHILDHOOD, LANGUAGE, HERITABILITY, ORIGINS, META ANALYSIS, 7-YEAR-OLDS

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2009Published

Item ID:

3247

Date Deposited:

02 Jul 2010 07:45

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 09:25

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/3247
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