Poverty supresses children’s genetic potential, study says

(Salon.com) Researchers at the University of Texas claim that poverty may affect how children achieve their genetic potential. Using 750 sets of twins as subjects, the team of psychologists led by assistant professor 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.

Don’t get too carried away with the conclusions this might suggest. Based on this study, rich kids are not genetically superior to children of poverty. They’re simply provided with more opportunities to fulfill their potential. Read more…

 

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