Tag Archive: environment

Getting Intelligence

Psychologist Richard Nisbett’s February 2009 book, “Intelligence and How to Get it”, looks at the important contribution experience and environment make to IQ. In the book, he argues that the commonly held view that genes are the main determinant of intelligence is mistaken. His critique centers on flaws in the research. Most research, according to…

FA048 – Anatomy of Three Things, Part 7

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about recent stories posted on familyanatomy.com, including: the importance of eye contact parents’ gestures and children’s vocabulary development city vs. country life impact on memory and attention Listen here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] … or get your free subscription in iTunes. If you use iTunes, you can…

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Genetics, environment, and smoking in pregnancy

A study in the January issue of Developmental Psychology examined the long-term effect of prenatal exposure to tobacco. This project was unique in that the researchers also considered the expression of genes affecting the dopamine (a neurotransmitter) system in the brain. The researchers asked preschoolers to complete a task that required “executive control;” the executive…