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Genetics of Creativity

Genetics is the study of how living things pass on traits from generation to generation. Genes are the hereditary units that determine what traits are expressed in the body. Genes are key components that determine how an individual develops (e.g., physical appearance) and functions. In general, variation among people is caused by the interaction of both genetic and nongenetic factors (e.g., one's environment), called multifactorial inheritance. This entry reviews the genetic aspects of creativity, including heritable abilities and personality factors related to innovative behavior.

Research on the genetic makeup of creativity is scarce, and little is known about its biological underpinnings. Studies that have been conducted struggle with measuring creativity partly because of disagreement about the definition of creativity. Some scientists view creativity as a process ...

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