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Study finds genetic link to academic indifference

LA School Report | April 15, 2015



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International Business Times

By Rina Marie Garcia | The International Business Times

A study consisting of 25 co-authors and led by Yulia Kovas, a professor of psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, say that a genetic predisposition may be behind why some children are not motivated to go to school. The research, which was partially supported by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development, involved more than 13,000 twins hailing from six countries, discovered that there are approximately 40-50 percent difference in the factors that affect the twins’ motivation.

Study co-author and professor at the Ohio State University Stephen Petrill initially thought that the shared environmental setup where the kids grew up will play a significant role in determining their motivation level. However, he was surprised to find out that these do not play an important role, and that genetics and non-shared environmental factors are more highly contributory.

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