The Paradox of Intelligence: Heritability and Malleability Coexist in Hidden Gene-Environment Interplay

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 7, 2018 in Blog, Study Alerts

This integrative review advances the idea that gene–environment interplay underlies differences in human intelligence, and that the high heritability of IQ is not merely a product of genetic variation. Gene-environment correlations and interactions are obscured by typical research approaches, but their contribution to the development of intelligence explains a paradoxical body of evidence from recent decades. Our proposed new approach has important implications for strategies to understand and promote intelligence.

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