I'm looking for a book that gives a good summation of the current state of knowledge on the genetics underlying intelligence.

I have read textbooks on human population genetics but I'm looking for something more specific.

I'd be happy for pointers to any books on neuroscience, developmental psychology, genetics that give some coverage to this topic.

I am not really looking for a popular science book.

  • $\begingroup$ Are you more interested in population and evolutionary genetics of intelligence or more on the molecular genetics of intelligence? $\endgroup$
    – Remi.b
    Jan 10, 2018 at 0:40
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    $\begingroup$ I believe that all of these aspects are pertinent, but I am probably more interested in research that point to molecular genetics and neurophysiology. $\endgroup$
    – ChrisGuest
    Jan 10, 2018 at 0:58
  • $\begingroup$ If it doesn't have to be a book, but could also be an extended review article, one possibilities would be: Toga et Thompson, 2005 ( annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/… ) or Deary 2012 ( annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/…) $\endgroup$
    – tsttst
    Jan 14, 2018 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, sure. Add those as an answer. $\endgroup$
    – ChrisGuest
    Jan 14, 2018 at 23:17

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A very recent review has been written on this. See

Plomin, von Stumm (2018): The new genetics of intelligence.

For some of the latest genome-wide association studies, see:

Hill, et al (2017): A combined analysis of genetically correlated traits identifies 187 loci and a role for neurogenesis and myelination in intelligence.

Savage, et al (2017): GWAS meta-analysis (N=279,930) identifies new genes and functional links to intelligence.

However, as Robert Plomin and Sophie von Stumm report, newer genome-wide association studies are on the way which account for a larger portion of the variance. So there is constant progress at the moment.

If you're interested in the neuroscience aspect of intelligence, I recommend Richard Haier's book The Neuroscience of Intelligence.


For current overview-like texts of diverse research topics the "Annual Review" series provides a good oversight:

Toga et Thompson, Annual Review of Neuroscience, 2005: GENETICS OF BRAIN STRUCTURE AND INTELLIGENCE

Deary, Annual Review of Psychology, 2012: Intelligence

For a very recent (and good) primary research study, - that will thus within its introductory paragraphs contain one very concise summary of the most current state of the field - one recommendation would be:

Sniekers, Nature Genetics, 2017: Genome-wide association meta-analysis of 78,308 individuals identifies new loci and genes influencing human intelligence

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for that info that's exactly the kind of thing that I was looking for. $\endgroup$
    – ChrisGuest
    Jan 17, 2018 at 0:26

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