Testing heritability of moral foundations: Common pathway models support strong heritability for the five moral foundations

  title={Testing heritability of moral foundations: Common pathway models support strong heritability for the five moral foundations},
  author={Michael Zakharin and Timothy C. Bates},
  journal={European Journal of Personality},
Moral Foundations Theory (MFT) predicts that moral behaviour reflects at least five foundational traits, each hypothesised to be heritable. Here, we report two independent twin studies (total n = 2020), using multivariate multi-group common pathway models to test the following three predictions from the MFT: (1) The moral foundations will show significant heritability; (2) The moral foundations will each be genetically distinct and (3) The clustering of moral concerns around individualising and… 

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