Behavior Genetics

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 545-546

First online:

The heritability of intelligence in Japan

  • Richard LynnAffiliated withUniversity of Ulster
  • , Ken HattoriAffiliated withNational Rehabilitation Center for the Disabled

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Japanese data for 543 monozygotic (MZ) twins and 134 dizygotic (DZ) twins tested for intelligence at the age of 12 give correlation coefficients of. 782 and .491, respectively, indicating a heritability of .582. Heavier twins at birth have significantly higher IQs at the age of 12, suggesting that prenatal nutrition exerts a significant effect on intelligence.

Key Words

intelligence twins heritability Japan prenatal nutrition birth weight