Research has found a new correlation between babies with a bigger head circumference and intelligence.
So, the next time you try to insult your sibling with ‘fat head’, you are in fact giving them a compliment.
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Studies Have Linked Big Heads With The Smarts
A study done at Biobank in the UK has linked higher intelligence to bigger head circumferences. Half a million British folk are being monitored for the study, with mental/physical health and genes also playing a factor.
Researchers in a paper published by the Molecular Psychiatry journal said: “Highly significant associations were observed between the cognitive test scores in the UK Biobank sample and many polygenic profile scores, including . . . intracranial volume, infant head circumference and childhood cognitive ability.”
Obviously gene variants are strongly associated with intelligence. New evidence is emerging that experts may be able to tell if your baby will go to University based on the size of their head, paired also with DNA of course. The testing showed the rapid growth of a baby’s head in the first year of their life is an indication of their intelligence.
More Studies Underway In Australia
Another study in Australia is also currently underway. The lead author of the study, Dr. Lisa Smithers of the University of Adelaide’s School of Population Health says “Head circumference is an indicator of brain volume, so a greater increase in head circumference in a newborn baby suggests more rapid brain growth,”.