Babies born with bigger heads are more intelligent and successful, research says

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Tired of your fivehead gaining unwanted attention? Well, now you might want to charge the people who talk about your large head.

According to research conducted by UK Biobank, babies born with big heads are more intelligent and stand a higher chance of being successful in life.

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The study is also able to determine if your child is able to go to university, just by measuring the size of their head.

The research team led by the University of Edinburgh extracted the data of 100,000 UK residents ranging from 37 to 73 years old. The source was obtained from an existing data secured by UK Biobank from monitoring half a million Brits on various aspects such as their genes, physical and mental health, and even their future life paths.

Professor Ian Deary and Dr Sarah Harris highlighted parts of the study that links cognitive skills to the size of physical attributes as well as the importance of studying biological pathways that influence brain capacity and health traits.

Samples used for the research included blood, urine, saliva, and details of their lifestyle choices and health status in general.

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Some of the areas tested on the participants included memory and educational attainment, verbal and numerical reasoning skills and their reaction time.

Participants with a head circumference of 31.75 cm to 35.56 cm were discovered to be more intelligent compared to their small-headed counterparts. Concerning the confidentially of the information disclosed in the data, UK Biobank assures that its ultimate aim is to figure out how the DNA affects cognitive brain functions.

The new average size for newborns is 36 cm for boys and 35 cm for girls.


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