The new genetics of intelligence

Robert Plomin*, Sophie Von Stumm

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Intelligence - the ability to learn, reason and solve problems - is at the forefront of behavioural genetic research. Intelligence is highly heritable and predicts important educational, occupational and health outcomes better than any other trait. Recent genome-wide association studies have successfully identified inherited genome sequence differences that account for 20% of the 50% heritability of intelligence. These findings open new avenues for research into the causes and consequences of intelligence using genome-wide polygenic scores that aggregate the effects of thousands of genetic variants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-159
Number of pages12
JournalNature Reviews Genetics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

The paper was accepted when von Stumm was working at the LSE. The paper was then deposited in an open repository:

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