What is it about?

This paper is about how adults think about genetic inheritance. We found that adults have a fairly good understanding of how genetic inheritance works, but they reliably have two misunderstandings. The first one is that if the two parents have the same eye color (let's say dark brown) they think that it is more likely for the offspring to have a similar color (dark orange) than a different color (green). The second one is that they think that if the parents have different eye colors, they think that female offspring are more likely to resemble the mother and male offspring are more likely to resemble the father

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Why is it important?

This is important because it can help science instructors develop lessons and curricula as they know what are some areas and concepts that students might have difficulty understanding.


This paper is cool! Very often we think that college students know a lot about basic science topics but this paper shows that they might still be struggling with certain areas.

David Menendez
University of Michigan

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This page is a summary of: Like mother, like daughter: Adults’ judgments about genetic inheritance., Journal of Experimental Psychology Applied, July 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/xap0000436.
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