A study has shown that the bigger your head, the smarter you should be…
Growing up, we all knew or indeed, still know, someone that has a slightly bigger head than usual. I’m sure in most cases, if you knew someone who had a larger bonce than yours, it would be the perfect place to start with the friendly name-calling and it would almost seem like an easy shot you could have a go at, without feeling you’d overstepped the mark.
Well now would be a good time to mention that if you do know someone who’s head is bigger than yours, or indeed you have a slightly bigger head than your friends, the tide has now well and truly turned.
According to a study by the UK Biobank, carried out in 2016, babies who are born with bigger heads are likely to be more intelligent. The study used data from over 100,000 Britons and collected samples of over half a million people, aged between 37-73 years old and the results showed that there is a correlation between a larger skull circumference and higher intelligence, concluding that the bigger your child’s head, the smarter the child will be. So that’s good news!
And if you’ve always felt slightly embarrassed about the size of your noggin, then do not worry, because the good news keeps on coming. Closer analysis of the data collected showed that babies who are born with larger heads, are also much more likely to get a degree and perform well at verbal-numerical reasoning tests. For those of you, like me, who don’t know what ‘verbal-numerical reasoning tests’ are, they are basically a series of tests designed to see how you deal with numbers quickly and accurately.
How did the guys at Biobank find all of this out though, I hear you ask? Well, the participants provided a mixture of blood, urine and saliva samples for the tests…sounds lovely doesn’t it? They also provided information about their backgrounds and lifestyle, which meant the study could also find 17 ‘significant’ genes that affected brain function and the impact on physical and mental health.
So if you know someone who’s about to give birth, make sure you drop them a line tonight and ask if you can measure the baby’s head once it arrives, but make sure you reference this study, otherwise it would be a bit weird.