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Genes influence young children's human figure drawings and their association with intelligence a decade later.

Arden R, Trzaskowski M, Garfield V, Plomin R - Psychol Sci (2014)

Bottom Line: In a study of 7,752 pairs of twins, we found that genetic differences exert a greater influence on children's figure drawing at age 4 than do between-family environmental differences.Drawing scores at age 4 correlated significantly with g at age 4 (r = .33, p < .001, n = 14,050) and with g at age 14 (r = .20, p < .001, n = 4,622).Individual differences in this widespread behavior have an important genetic component and a significant genetic link with g.

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Affiliation: MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London rosalind.arden@kcl.ac.uk.

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Sample drawings of one pair of monozygotic twins (left) and one pair of dizygotic twins (right), with the scores the drawings received.
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fig1-0956797614540686: Sample drawings of one pair of monozygotic twins (left) and one pair of dizygotic twins (right), with the scores the drawings received.

Mentions: Figure 1 shows the drawings of one pair of MZ twins and one pair of DZ twins. These sample drawings are illustrative of our quantitative findings described in this section.


Genes influence young children's human figure drawings and their association with intelligence a decade later.

Arden R, Trzaskowski M, Garfield V, Plomin R - Psychol Sci (2014)

Sample drawings of one pair of monozygotic twins (left) and one pair of dizygotic twins (right), with the scores the drawings received.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4232264&req=5

fig1-0956797614540686: Sample drawings of one pair of monozygotic twins (left) and one pair of dizygotic twins (right), with the scores the drawings received.
Mentions: Figure 1 shows the drawings of one pair of MZ twins and one pair of DZ twins. These sample drawings are illustrative of our quantitative findings described in this section.

Bottom Line: In a study of 7,752 pairs of twins, we found that genetic differences exert a greater influence on children's figure drawing at age 4 than do between-family environmental differences.Drawing scores at age 4 correlated significantly with g at age 4 (r = .33, p < .001, n = 14,050) and with g at age 14 (r = .20, p < .001, n = 4,622).Individual differences in this widespread behavior have an important genetic component and a significant genetic link with g.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London rosalind.arden@kcl.ac.uk.

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