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The origins of diverse domains of mathematics: Generalist genes but specialist environments

Kovas, Yulia; Petrill, Stephen A. and Plomin, Robert. 2007. The origins of diverse domains of mathematics: Generalist genes but specialist environments. Journal of Educational Psychology, 99(1), pp. 128-139. ISSN 0022-0663 [Article]

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The authors assessed 2,502 ten-year-old children, members of 1,251 pairs of twins, on a Web-based battery of problems from 5 diverse aspects of mathematics assessed as part of the U.K. national curriculum. This 1st genetic study into the etiology of variation in different domains of mathematics showed that the heritability estimates were moderate and highly similar across domains and that these genetic influences were mostly general. Environmental factors unique to each twin in a family (rather than shared by the 2 twins) explained most of the remaining variance, and these factors were mostly specific to each domain.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-0663.99.1.128

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
March 2007Published

Item ID:

5343

Date Deposited:

23 Mar 2011 09:43

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 09:25

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5343
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