Department of Psychology
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New study by Dr. Elliott Tucker-Drob Shows Poverty Suppresses Children's Genetic Potential

Tue, January 11, 2011

Using 750 sets of twins as subjects, Dr. Elliot Tucker-Drob found that 50 percent of the progress wealthier children show on mental ability tests can be attributed to genetics. Children from poor families, however, showed almost no progress attributable to genetics. The study, "Emergence of a Gene x Socioeconomic Status Interaction on Infant Mental Ability Between 10 Months and 2 Years", has been published in the journal Psychological Science. The study was co-authored by Kathryn Paige Harden of The University of Texas at Austin, Mijke Rhemtulla of The University of Texas at Austin and the University of British Columbia, and Eric Turkheimer and David Fask of the University of Virginia. Read full study... | Tucker-Drob Web Page | Lifespan Development Lab | UT Twin Registry
Articles about the study have been published in the UT NewsSalonThe HinduThe Times of India, Austin American-Statesman

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