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Genetics and General Intelligence

  1. Frank M. Spinath,
  2. Marion Spengler

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0381

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Spinath, F. M. and Spengler, M. 2010. Genetics and General Intelligence. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Saarland University, Saarburcken, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


A question that directs many research fields within psychology concerns the origins of observed differences among individuals. Behavioral genetics targets this research question. Quantitative behavioral genetics and molecular genetics are the two methodological approaches within behavioral genetics.