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Is creativity something you inherit from your parents?

16 January 2017

New research aims to investigate the extent to which creativity has its origins in our genetic makeup.

The creative industries have always had a touch of the nepotistic about them, with some families having produced several talents across the spectrum of the arts, but could this be down to genetics as much as favouritism?

New research in the journal Behavioural Genetics has aimed to investigate by comparing monozygotic (identical) twins to dizygotic (non-identical) in the Netherlands.

The team found that, if one identical twin had a creative career, there was a .68 chance that their sibling also would (if 1 meant that the other twin would always have a creative profession), compared to just .4 for a creative non-identical twin.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.


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