From the moment we become parents, our driving goal is that our children grow up to be happy, healthy and wise. However, in a recent study, results have shown that one physical characteristic in babies could provide a major indication of how wise they will be.
Many parents will go the extra mile in the thoughts that they are ensuring their child grows up as smart and intelligent as possible. They will limit their tv time, their computer time, or even their video game time. They will read to the child, and get them involved in extra-curricular activities at a young age. All in their quest to give their child the best chance at life they can. However, science has shown that no matter how hard parents try, in the end, there are just some things that are out of their control from the beginning.
The results of a survey conducted at Edinburgh University showed that simply put—nature will always out trump nurture—hands down. In a study conducted on 100,000, the resulting data showed that individuals born with a big head showed to have a better chance of being intelligent later in life.
According to the researchers:
“Highly significant associations were observed between the cognitive test scores and many polygenic profile scores, including intracranial volume, infant head circumference, and childhood cognitive ability.”
Scientists also say to consider that this study supports an already existing theory that better overall health is believed to play a part in higher levels of intelligence as well. The average baby is born with a head circumference of 13.5 inches, which boys being just slightly larger than girls. And babies with a head circumference in excess of this measurement are those who are more likely to have an increased chance of higher intelligence.