Plomin, R. & Spinath, F. M. (2002). Genetics and general cognitiveability (g). Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6, 169-176.


Two recent papers in this journal made the case for the existence and importance of g and reviewed research on cognitive and psychophysical correlates of psychometric g.  The present review considers g from a genetic perspective.  Multivariate genetic research indicates that g accounts for nearly all of the genetic variance of diverse psychometric cognitive tests (genetic g).  Recent research suggests not only that elementary cognitive tasks are genetically linked to psychometric g but also that genetic g pervades these tasks.  Contrary to the assumption of modularity that dominates cognitive science, genetic g exists in the mind as well as in psychometric tests.


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