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2014-06-28 16:39:04

Michigan State University Mom or dad may have driven you to cello rehearsal all those years, but you can also thank your genes for pushing you to practice, according to new research led by a Michigan State University professor. Genetics and environment work together to help people become accomplished musicians, finds the study of 850 sets of twins. It's another arrow in the quiver of the argument that both nature and nurture play a role in developing expertise. "The nature vs....

2013-12-12 10:27:54

The degree to which students' exam scores differ owes more to their genes than to their teachers, schools or family environments, according to new research from King's College London published today in PLOS ONE. The study, which took place in the UK, looked at students' scores for their GCSE's (General Certificate of Secondary Education), a UK-wide examination at the end of compulsory education at 16 years old. The authors explain that the findings do not imply that educational...

2013-11-12 09:17:04

New studies show life events influence genes important for memory and drug use New human and animal research released today demonstrates how experiences impact genes that influence behavior and health. Today's studies, presented at Neuroscience 2013, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world's largest source of emerging news about brain science and health, provide new insights into how experience might produce long-term brain changes in behaviors like drug addiction...

Throwing Out To Rule Book On Parenting
2013-09-04 05:06:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There is no simple recipe for raising children, as any parent will tell you. Parents receive hefty doses of advice – often unsolicited – from others, however the advice generally fails to consider one critical factor: the child. A new literature review of dozens of studies, performed by Hebrew University of Jerusalem, used more than 14,600 pairs of twins to reveal that children's genetics significantly affect how they are parented....

2013-08-28 10:44:41

The fact that taller people also tend to be slightly smarter is due in roughly equal parts to two phenomena—the same genes affect both traits and taller people are more likely than average to mate with smarter people and vice versa—according to a study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. The study did not find that environmental factors contributed to the connection between being taller and being smarter, both traits that people tend to find attractive. The modest correlation...

Educational Achievement Possibly Affected by Genes
2012-07-03 06:04:45

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The debate regarding nurture versus nature is contentious. New research delves into discussion with a study on the impact of genes on school achievement. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), researchers have determined that genetic markets could impact whether a person graduates high school and continues onto higher education. The study, published in the July issue of the APA´s Development Psychology,...

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2012-06-13 09:57:35

As we grow up, traits such as height, weight and IQ are strongly influenced by the environment we live in, according to a new study that pits nature (genes) against nurture (environment). But the researchers, from King´s College London, said the strength of environmental factors, compared with influence of DNA, differs greatly across the country. To determine whether nature or nurture played a bigger role, Dr. Oliver Davis and colleagues studied 45 childhood characteristics in...

2012-06-12 10:32:47

The extent to which our development is affected by nature or nurture — our genetic make-up or our environment — may differ depending on where we live, according to research funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. In a study published today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers from the Twins Early Development Study at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry studied data from over 6,700 families relating to 45 childhood characteristics,...

2012-05-16 15:56:45

Genes play a greater role in forming character traits -- such as self-control, decision making or sociability -- than was previously thought, new research suggests Genes play a greater role in forming character traits - such as self-control, decision making or sociability - than was previously thought, new research suggests. A study of more than 800 sets of twins found that genetics were more influential in shaping key traits than a person's home environment and surroundings....

2012-02-03 09:12:31

Mental illness suspect genes are among the most environmentally responsive For the first time, scientists have tracked the activity, across the lifespan, of an environmentally responsive regulatory mechanism that turns genes on and off in the brain's executive hub. Among key findings of the study by National Institutes of Health scientists: genes implicated in schizophrenia and autism turn out to be members of a select club of genes in which regulatory activity peaks during an...


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