20 December 2011

Are You Smarter Than the Average?

Do you think you are smarter than average? How someone is identified ‘smart? Do you think your college degree can get you the smart tag? How much an IQ test can reveal your smartness? Anyway, everyone wants to be in smart list.

There are many ways to find someone is smart or not. Smarter people are often recognized by doing multiple tasks.  They may know many things apart from book.  Dr. Gardner who proposed the idea of Multiple Intelligence Theory mentioned, “There is not just one way to be smart but many different ways”. He stated that IQ tests are imperfect as they cannot address the broader areas of one’s interest and where they can show off their smartness and talent. Average IQ is denoted as 100. Check out how smart are you:

1.  You were breast-fed?

According to Joseph Lee Rodgers, Ph.D., a University of Oklahoma Psychology Professor, as genetics has a role in one’s intellect, childrearing also plays a major role. He says, "Parenting efforts can make all the difference in a child's development."

According to a study done in Britain and New Zealand, intelligence has raised an average of 7 IQ points by breastfeeding.  Breast milk helps in the brain development and it is associated with intellect.  "Our findings support the idea that the nutritional content of breast milk accounts for the differences seen in human IQ," Terrie Moffitt, a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences in Duke University's Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy said in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences report. "But it's not a simple all-or-none connection: it depends to some extent on the genetic makeup of each infant."

 2.  Girls and Men have more IQ,  But Boys and Women

Comparing the maturity level on an average, girls mature faster than boys. At the stage of growing up, girls appear as more intelligent than boys. Dr. Kanazawa reported that after puberty, boys start to dominate with the higher intelligence quotient. He added that it is not because of the sexual difference, but their increased height.  If women could be taller than men, they would have more IQ than men. Men with higher IQ seem more faithful in their sexual relationship.




3. Are you Internet Savvy?

Becoming the fourth utility of human life, Internet has its advantages and disadvantages in the same way. Getting all the information on finger tips, people used to search for the maximum sources to see the accuracy. According to the study conducted by the ‘Imagining the Internet Center’ at Elon University in North Carolina and the Pew Internet and American Life project, Internet will probably enhance the human intelligence.  "Three out of four experts said our use of the Internet enhances and augments human intelligence, and two-thirds said use of the Internet has improved reading, writing and the rendering of knowledge," said study Co-Author Janna Anderson, Director of the Imagining the Internet Center.

 4. Are you taller?

Reyniers and Kanazawa suggest that there is a possible relation between height and intelligence.  Their views reveal that hereditarily and developmentally better people are also to grow taller and to have better IQ than others.





5. Are you liberal?

Defining liberalism as ‘readiness to give the private wealth for the betterment or welfare of others’, Dr. Kanazawa found liberals have more IQ than the conservatives. They are likely to pay higher taxes on their income and they are also contributing a proportion of their wealth for charity programmes, while conservatives may always resist on the same.






6. Are you Atheist?

Belief in God counts as the old belief which most of us follow without questioning. The studies by psychologist Dr. Kanazawa found questioning the older approach is a positive sign as people think more beyond than they are asked to obey.

 7. Are you Attractive?

According to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, on an average, physically more attractive people seems more intelligent than others.  The reason they found that hereditarily healthier people are seen as attractive and smart. This association happens as the intelligent and higher status men mostly turn to marry an attractive woman. As intelligence and physical appearance are genetically gifted to one, they will be more attractive and smart.



8. Are you a learner?

Here you have to check whether you have a preset attitude or growth mindsets. Those who have fixed mindsets won’t be able to think out of box but growth mindsets. The intelligent person brings innovative ideas to beat the existence records.  Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University says, Praise for Intelligence and Praise for Effort conveys two distinct messages. Praise for Intelligence is a wrong message which turns people to be inactive due to the fearsome of losing their reputation. But Praise for Effort makes people to be more proactive to try for the best.

 9. Are you Skinny?

Gaining weight affects the smartness of the people, reports an earlier research done by French scientists. It also says that born with over-weight doesn’t matter but obesity.

Dr. Cournot, an Assistant Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at Toulouse University Hospital mentioned that the same as obesity cause the condensing and hardening of the blood vessels, it makes arteries in the brain thicker and harder than before. Dr David Haslam, the clinical director of the National Obesity Forum, mentioned that obesity will influence every single organ in the body.


10. Are you Alcoholics?

According to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Dr. Kanazawa says more intelligent people overdo drink and get drunk more. The study also says that smart people are often worried of worlds’ problems and they frequently spoil their emotional states by thinking over the problems.