The new genetics of intelligence

TitleThe new genetics of intelligence
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsPlomin, R, von Stumm, S
Pagination148 -
Date Published08/2018

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.

Short TitleNature Reviews Genetics