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Dr Rosalind Arden  

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Institute of Psychiatry
Box  P080
De Crespigny Park
United Kingdom, SE5 8AF

location MRC, SGDP Centre
departmentsSocial, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (IRG)


I am a lecturer at King’s College London. Most of my time is spent on research. I use quantitative methods to investigate relationships among intelligence and traits such as health and life expectancy.

My PhD (2010) was completed 5000 miles from King’s College London in New Mexico, USA (owing to family necessity), while working 50% time on the Board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Albuquerque and raising children. My interest in learning about dogs’ cognitive abilities started in New Mexico, sparked by our border collier, Jenny.

I chose a PhD topic (cognitive epidemiology) that synergised research questions from two high impact films (on health and on intelligence) I had produced during my earlier career as a science television producer.

My academic work has been reported in Science, the Economist and the BBC.

Keyword interests: Intelligence, dogs, individual differences, evolution, health, dementia, science and policy.

I keen to unite compelling evolutionary theories with powerful molecular and behavioural genetic designs. This endeavour - in which many other researchers are already engaged - will help us understand ourselves better. Far from being species’ narcissism, knowing ourselves will assist us in making rational, compassionate and effective policies that matter for us and for the world we live in.

activities and interests

Evolutionary theory/Behavioural genetics

I am interested in using behavioural genetic methods to test hypotheses consistent with evolutionary theory.


Arden R, Trzaskowski, M, Garfield V, Plomin R, Genes influence young children’s human figure drawings and their association with intelligence a decade later (in press) Psychological Science
Trzaskowski, M., Harlaar, N., Arden, R., Krapohl, E., Rimfeld, K., McMillan, A., … Plomin, R. (2014). Genetic influence on family socioeconomic status and children’s intelligence. Intelligence, 42, 83–88. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2013.11.002
Mitchem et al, Estimating the sex-specific effects of genes of facial attractiveness and sexual dimorphism (2013). Advance online publication Behavior Genetics DOI 10.1007/s10519-013-9627-5
Perkins, Cserjesi, R, Ettinger U., Kumari V., Martin M. & Arden R. (2013) Personality and occupational markers of ’solid citizenship’ are associated with having fewer children, Personality and Individual Differences.
Yeo, R. A., Arden, R., and Jung, R. E. (2011). Alzheimer’s disease and intelligence. Current Alzheimer’s Research, 8(4).
Arden, R., Chavez, R. S., et al. (2010). Neuroimaging creativity: A psychometric view. Behavioural Brain Research, 214(2): 143-156.
Arden, R., Gottfredson, L. S., & Miller, G. (2009). Does a fitness factor contribute to the association between intelligence and health outcomes? Evidence from medical abnormality counts among 3,654 US Veterans. Intelligence, 37: 581-591.
Pierce, A., Miller, G., Arden, R., & Gottfredson, L. S. (2009). Why is intelligence correlated with semen quality? Biochemical pathways common to sperm and neuron function, and their vulnerability to pleiotropic mutations. Communicative and Integrative Biology, 2(5).
Arden, R., Gottfredson, L., Miller, G., & Pierce, A. (2009) Intelligence and semen quality are positively correlated. Intelligence, 37(3): 277-282.
Davis, O. S. P., Arden, R., & Plomin, R. (2008). g in middle childhood: Moderate genetic and shared environmental influence using diverse measures of general cognitive ability at 7, 9 and 10 years in a large population sample of twins. Intelligence, 36, (1): 68-80.
Arden, R., & Plomin, R. (2007). Scant evidence for Spearman’s law of diminishing returns in middle childhood. Personality And Individual Differences, 42(4): 743-753.
Arden, R., Harlaar, N., & Plomin, R. (2007). Sex differences in childhood associations between DNA markers and general cognitive ability. Journal of Individual Differences, 28(3): 161-164.
Arden, R., & Plomin, R. (2006). Sex differences in variance of intelligence across childhood. Personality and Individual Differences, 41(1): 39-48.

last updated: Friday, June 20, 2014