8 science-backed signs you're smarter than average
Everyone wants to be the smartest person in the room. How do you know if you are?
Over the course of decades, scientists have discovered a series of traits and behaviors linked to high intelligence. We've listed many of them below.
Note: These traits and behaviors don't necessarily make you smarter. They're simply associated with superior cognitive ability.
Read on to find out if you're as brainy as you think.
Alyson Shontell, Drake Baer, and Chelsea Harvey contributed to earlier versions of this post.
You don't smokeCameron Spencer/Getty Images
A 2010 Israeli study compared the IQ and smoking status of 20,000 young men.
Results showed that:
You took music lessonsFlickr/Nayuki
Research suggests that music helps kids' minds develop in a few ways:
But there's some evidence to the contrary, such as a 2017 review that suggests music training won't boost your cognitive abilities more generally — just your musical ones.
You're the oldest childShutterstock
Oldest siblings are usually smarter, but it's not necessarily because of genetics.
An article in the December 2017 issue of the National Bureau of Economics Research Reporter argues that firstborn children are likely to become smarter, more successful, and richer than their siblings.
One possible reason, it says, is that parents are in some ways less invested in parenting after the first go-round.
Meanwhile, a 2015 review of studies, which included roughly 272,000 participants, found that differences in IQ and personality were so small as to be meaningless, pushing back on decades of other findings. In other words, it suggests that even if birth order is related to things like your job and your salary, it's not because firstborns are inherently smarter or, say, more outgoing.
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March 12, 2019 at 11:39AM