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Genetics

18 January 2011

Poverty stops kids from reaching genetic potential

Being poor can prevent young children from reaching their full genetic potential of mental ability, a new study shows.

Being poor can prevent young children from reaching their full genetic potential of mental ability, a new study shows.

The study results, published in the journal Psychological Science, don't suggest that children from wealthier families are genetically superior or smarter. These children simply have more opportunity to reach their potential, explained study author Elliott Tucker-Drob, an assistant professor of psychology, in a university news release.

Nature vs nurture

 

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