Genetics, personality traits and education, a new study

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Although we’ve seen recently that grit isn’t maybe that important as predictor for academic success, this new study examined how personality traits that are – maybe – relevant to education such as grit are heritable and they seem to be. Even more so: while most studies on heritability aren’t as deterministic as most people think, this twins and triplets study does try to tell us that training such traits could be pretty difficult although not impossible.

From the press release (bold by me):

Character traits, such as grit or desire to learn, have a heavy hand in academic success and are partially rooted in genetics, according to a psychology study at The University of Texas at Austin.

Though academic achievement is dependent on cognitive abilities, such as logic and reasoning, researchers believe certain personality and character traits can motivate and drive learning.

In a study in the Journal of Personality and…

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