Polygenic scores, genetic engineering, validity of GWAS results across major racial groups and the Piffer method

A PDF of this paper without formatting errors can be downloaded here. Abstract I review recent findings in human behavioral genetics and their implications for selective breeding and estimation of genotypic racial differences in polygenic traits. Key words: behavioral genetics, cognitive ability, GWAS, intelligence, IQ, race, selective breeding, embryo selection, genetic engineering, educational attainment 1….

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New working paper: Some methods for analyzing and correcting for spatial autocorrelation

Post your review over at the OP forum: http://openpsych.net/forum/showthread.php?tid=251 Title: Some methods for analyzing and correcting for spatial autocorrelation Authors: Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Abstract A method for examining spatial autocorrelation based on distance scores was examined and found to be deficient. Because of this an alternative measure was proposed: k nearest spatial neighbor regression….

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Rationality and bias test results

I’ve always considered myself a very rational and fairly unbiased person. Being aware of the general tendency for people to overestimate themselves (see also visualization of the Dunning-Kruger effect), this of course reduces my confidence in my own estimates of these. So what better to do than take some actual tests? I have previously taken…

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Web scraping with R using rvest & spatial autocorrelation

Scraping with R Although other languages are probably more suitable for web scraping (e.g. Python with Scrapy), R does have some scraping capabilities. Unsurprisingly, the ever awesome Hadley has written a great package for this: rvest. A simple tutorial and demonstration of it can be found here, which I the one I used. To do…

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Betas and residualized variables / does non-g ability predict GPA?

@JamesPsychol Those results don't look real to me. Betas are never exactly identical across models. — Emil O W Kirkegaard (@KirkegaardEmil) September 8, 2015 @JamesPsychol @KirkegaardEmil FSIQ is uncorrelated with the residualized factor index scores, so its beta doesn't change across models. — Timofey Pnin (@pnin1957) September 8, 2015 Let’s test that. Since we don’t…

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Looking for commenters for our Admixture in the Americas target article

We will be submitting the Admixture in the Americas article (first part) to Mankind Quarterly as a target article. Therefore, we are looking for people to comment on it. We are looking for people with substantial knowledge regarding the question of ethnic/race and national differences in psychological traits, primarily cognitive ability, and socioeconomic outcomes. Especially…

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Sociology/political science journal?

I am considering starting another OpenPsych journal focused on sociology and political science. This is because I need somewhere to publish my S factor papers and I want an open science journal, with open data, code, and review. My guess is that such a journal does not exist right now, so I will have to…

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