Photo Gallery: Nature vs. Nurture
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Photo Gallery: Nature vs. Nurture

How Hereditary Can Intelligence Be? Studies Show Nurture at Least as Important as Nature

Researchers have long overestimated the role our genes play in determining intelligence. As it turns out, cognitive skills do not depend on ethnicity, and are far more malleable than once thought. Targeted encouragement can help children from socially challenged families make better use of their potential.
Translated from the German by Jan Liebelt