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Special Joint Math Physics Colloquium

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                  Special Joint Math Physics Colloquium
 
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May 9(Mon.) 2:00 P.M. at Lecture Room A, NCTS, 4th Floor,
The 3rd General Building, National Tsing Hua University
 

Speaker:  Steve Hsu
          (Professor of Physics, University of Oregon,
           Visiting Professor, Academia Sinica)
 
 
Title: Investigating the genetic basis of intelligence
 
Abstract:
 I begin with a brief review of psychometric results concerning
intelligence (sometimes referred to as the g factor, or IQ). The main
results concern the stability, validity (predictive power) and
heritability of adult IQ. Next, I discuss ongoing Genome Wide Association
Studies which investigate the genetic basis of intelligence. Due mainly to
the rapidly decreasing cost of sequencing (currently below $5k per
genome), it is likely that within the next 5-10 years we will identify
genes which account for a significant fraction of total IQ variation.
Finally, I end with an analysis of possible near term genetic engineering
for intelligence.
 
This talk is aimed at physicists and should be accessible even to those
with no specialized background in psychology or biology.
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