Specific heat capacity

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Does the specific heat capacity of an object affect the rate of transfer of energy from an object to another?
For instance, alcohol has a lower specific heat capacity than water.
If they are both at 50 degree Celsius and poured into a beaker containing water of 20 degree Celsius respectively, after 1 second, in which beaker, much heat is transferred?

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The specific heat of an item tells you how much energy is required to increase 1.0 grams of the item by 1 degree celsius/kelvin. I would imagine the rate of which the temperature changes would be governed more by the thermodynaic properties of the material, such as its heat conductivity.
 
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Are there any examples showing that the rate does not necessarily depend on the specific heat capacity?
 

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