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Grit, Academic Success Could Be Tied to Genetics, Study Suggests

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new psychology study from the University of Texas at Austin suggests that character traits, including the desire to learn…have their roots in genetics and could play a role in future academic success. While academic achievement is typically the result of cognitive abilities including logic and reasoning, researchers say that particular personality and character traits have the ability to shape and influence the desire to learn. Performed by UT Austin psychology associate professor Elliot Tucker-Drob, the study noted that genetic differences in people make up close to 50% of the differences in their character. The remaining variation in character was the result of environmental factors outside of the home as well as school environments.”(more)

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