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A list of the most interesting academic and popular articles shared in our network.
Welcome to the Aporia Research Roundup. Every Monday (at 7am New York, 12pm London), we compile the most interesting studies and articles being shared in our network.
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Literacy and Numeracy Are More Heritable Than Intelligence in Primary School. Yulia Kovas and colleagues compare the heritability of literacy, numeracy and general intelligence in a sample of UK twins aged 7–12. They find that heritability is higher for literacy and numeracy, which they argue is because universal education reduces environmental differences in these traits to a greater than it reduces environmental differences in g.
Just one g: consistent results from three test batteries. In a classic article from 2004, Wendy Johnson and colleagues examine how closely related are the general factors of intelligence extracted from three different batteries of tests. Consistent with the existence of g, they find that correlations between those general factors are extremely strong (r = .99, r =.99 and r = 1).
In the decade before crime rose, ‘broken windows’ policing stopped. Charles Murray analyses arrest data for New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., and shows that in the decade preceding 2020’s homicide surge, the number of arrests for minor offences declined substantially. This supports broken windows theory: when criminals see they can get away with minor offences, they’re more likely to commit serious offences.