Edinburgh Research Explorer

What genome-wide association studies reveal about the association between intelligence and physical health, illness, and mortality

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related Edinburgh Organisations

Open Access permissions



  • Download as Adobe PDF

    Final published version, 462 KB, PDF document

    Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution (CC-BY)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-12
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Early online date23 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


The associations between higher intelligence test scores from early life and later good health, fewer illnesses, and longer life are recent discoveries. Researchers are mapping the extent of these associations and trying to understanding them. Part of the intelligence-health association has genetic origins. Recent advances in molecular genetic technology and statistical analyses have revealed that: intelligence and many health outcomes are highly polygenic; and that modest but widespread genetic correlations exist between intelligence and health, illness and mortality. Causal accounts of intelligence-health associations are still poorly understood. The contribution of education and socio-economic status — both of which are partly genetic in origin — to the intelligence-health associations are being explored.

Download statistics

No data available

ID: 69743843