«Vanishing heritability» – a new paradox in the context of an old problem



«Vanishing heritability» is a linguistic metaphor, reflecting the phenomenonof noncoincidence between impact assessments for the operation of the genotype of the psyche in norm and pathology, which are fixed in two different methods: population-related and molecular-genetic. On the one hand, population-based studies of kinship (twins, siblings, parents-children), when assessing their cognitive and personality traits, have received high values of the basic statistic index - heritability. On the other hand, the molecular-genetic research has shownthat certain genetic polymorphisms cannot explain a large part ofheritabilityof this kind of psyche both in normal and pathology. The article deals with the background of the problem, examines the possible causes of this phenomenon and the ways out of the situation.

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Keywords: heritability, gene, genome, genetic polymorphism, allele variants, population studies

Journal rubric: General Psychology

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/jmfp.2016050401

For citation: Mariutina T.M. «Vanishing heritability» – a new paradox in the context of an old problem [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2016. Vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 5–12. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2016050401. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Tatyana M. Mariutina, Doctor of Psychology, professor, head Department of Differential Psychology and Psychophysiology, Institute of Psychology named after. L.S. Vygotsky, Russian State University for the Humanities, leading researcher at PI RAO, expert at the Higher Attestation Commission, member of the editorial board of the scientific journal "Psychological Science and Education", member of the editorial board of the scientific journal "Experimental Psychology", Moscow, Russia, e-mail: T.M.Mariutina@rambler.ru



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