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Psychogenetic and Cognitive Research Laboratory

About the laboratory

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Grant Agreement No.: 11.G34.31.0043

Name of the Institution of Higher Learning: Federal State Autonomous educational institution of higher Education «National Research Tomsk State University»

Fields of scientific research: Interdisciplinary studies in education

Project goal: The main aim of the Laboratory is to study the origins of individual differences in psychological traits that are important for education. Understanding of the complex processes of gene-environment interplay in the course of development will lead to the development of a personalized approach to learning and will help to optimize education.

Key project objectives:

  1. Genetically informative cross-cultural study of mathematical abilities and cognitive performance.
  2. The study of neurophysiological, cognitive, and emotional processes, important for education by means of incorporating neuroscientific methods into genetically informative studies.
  3. Establishment of the Russian School Twin Registry (RSTR) - PROGRESS Project: Progress in Education through Gene-Environment Interaction Studies.
  4. Coordination of Prospective Longitudinal Interdisciplinary Study (PLIS) which uses the unique method of comparing groups of children and parents with varying degrees of genetic relatedness.
  5. Communication of genetic knowledge in an accessible way and to address its ethical and legal implications to enable everyone to benefit from genetic discoveries – establishment of The Accessible Genetics Consortium (TAGC).

Anticipated scientific outcomes:

The project will help establish a scientific research laboratory that meets the world's most advanced requirements in the field of cognitive and behavioural genetics research, integrate Russian psychological science into the global psychological science, design and apply research tools and protocols that meet the world's most advanced requirements, create world-class research platforms, and create and take advantage of international research databases. The project will help obtain information about the mechanisms of cognitive processes underlying mathematical abilities and their nature.

Leading scientist

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Leading scientist's full name: Yulia Vladimirovna Kovas

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Academic degrees and titles: Professor of Genetics and Psychology, PhD


  • - Professor of Genetics and Psychology, Director of International Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Investigations into Individual Differences in Learning (InLab); Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London;
  • - Leading researcher in the genetically informative study into mathematical development in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) at King’s College, London;
  • - Codirector of the Russian-British Laboratory for Behavioural Genetics at the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education;
  • - Director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics at Tomsk State University;
  • - Codirector of the International Centre for Research in Human Development (ICRHD) at Tomsk State University;
  • - Director of MSc programme «Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology» at Tomsk State University.

Areas of scientific interest: Interdisciplinary studies of individual differences in education: cognitive sciences, quantitative genetics, molecular genetics, socio-genomics, neuroscience

Awards and distinctions:

  • - British Academy Wiley Prize in Psychology (2012)
  • - Recipient of the APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions (2013)
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