Genomic data can illuminate the architecture and evolution of cognitive abilities

James J. Lee, Christopher F. Chabris

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Abstract

Does general intelligence exist across species, and has it been a target of natural selection? These questions can be addressed with genomic data, which can rule out artifacts by demonstrating that distinct cognitive abilities are genetically correlated and thus share a biological substrate. This work has begun with data from humans and can be extended to other species; it should focus not only on general intelligence but also specific capacities like language and spatial ability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e209
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
Volume40
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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