On July 23, 2015 Scientific Reports journal published an article «Pleiotropy in the context of different subjects during the completion of the mid-compulsory education«, co-authored by Professor Yulia Kovas, Department of Psychology and Director of the InLab Laboratory Goldsmiths, University of London; Director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics at TSU, Co-director of the International Center for Research in Human Development at TSU.
The paper addresses research questions about the correlation between success in the exams in different subjects and the contribution of genetic and environmental factors. To answer these questions were used such methods as: twin method, which is based on comparing identical and non-identical twins, as well as the method of Genome-wide Complex Trait Analysis, which allows to estimate the influence of genetic factors on a specific trait. Using different scientific approaches has led to the results demonstrating individual differences in the results of exams across academic subjects and such biological phenomenon as pleiotropy in academic achievement.
Full texts of the interviews with Yulia Kovas about this study, its results and future development will be published on the websites of gazeta.ru and TASS.
To read the interview with Yulia Kovas in Russian on TASS web-site please click HERE.
To read the interview with Yulia Kovas in Russian on gazeta.ru web-site please click HERE.