Changes in heritability: Unpredictable and of limited use

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 45:e159 (2022)
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Abstract

We argue that heritability estimates cannot be used to make informed judgments about the populations from which they are drawn. Furthermore, predicting changes in heritability from population changes is likely impossible, and of limited value. We add that the attempt to separate human environments into cultural and non-cultural components does not advance our understanding of the environmental multiplier effect.

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Jonathan Kaplan
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University of Utah

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Heritability.Stephen M. Downes & Lucas J. Matthews - 2019 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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