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    Genetics Affects Choice of Academic Subjects As Well As Achievement

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    We have previously shown that individual differences in educational achievement are highly heritable throughout compulsory education. After completing compulsory education at age 16, students in England can choose to continue to study for two years (A-levels) in preparation for applying to university and they can freely choose which subjects to study. Here, for the first time, we show that choosing to do A-levels and the choice of subjects show substantial genetic influence, as does performance after two years studying the chosen subjects. Using a UK-representative sample of 6584 twin pairs, heritability estimates were 44 percent for choosing to do A-levels and 52–80 percent for choice of subject. Achievement after two years was also highly heritable (35–76 percent).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Out of Germania View Post
    I hate to burst their bubble but Dr. Arthur Jensen was able to show this in 1969. He found twins raised apart and not in contact with one another ended up very close academically, in likes and dislikes and even ended up in very similar occupation. Of course the bread and butter was intelligence where the twins ended up +/- 5 points apart. He was meticulous in his work and tested enough twins to qualify as statistically significant.

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