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Neuroscience of Creativity$
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Oshin Vartanian, Adam S. Bristol, and James C. Kaufman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019583

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019583.001.0001

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Creativity and Talent: Etiology of Familial Clustering

Creativity and Talent: Etiology of Familial Clustering

(p.95) 5 Creativity and Talent: Etiology of Familial Clustering
Neuroscience of Creativity

Marleen H. M. de Moor

Mark Patrick Roeling

Dorret I. Boomsma

The MIT Press

History provides many examples of families in which talents cluster (e.g., playing a musical instrument). This could suggest that genetic factors underlie creativity and specific talents. This chapter presents a large (N=3331) dataset of twins and their parents to illustrate the familial clustering of eight different talents, such as playing music, chess, and sports. The parent-twin design demonstrates that the clustering of talents in families is unlikely to be explained by cultural transmission from one generation to the next, but is more likely to be due to genetic transmission.

Keywords:   Creativity, Talent, Twin, Parent, Familial clustering

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