- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 4:26PM
It turns out size 'does' matter ...
Because, apparently, babies with big heads are more likely to be clever and have successful futures.
At least that's what new research says.
According to a study by UK Biobank, higher intelligence is strongly linked to a head circumference larger than the average of 13.5-14 inches and brain volume.
The scientists behind the study tested over 100,000 Brits, between the ages of 37 and 73, in a variety of ways - looking into their verbal and numerical reasoning, reaction time, memory and educational attainment.
They found that those with higher cognitive test scores actually had bigger heads as babies.
Lead researcher, Professor Ian Deary of Edinburgh University said: "In addition to there being shared genetic influences between cognitive skills and some physical and mental health states, the study also found that cognitive skills share genetic influences with brain size, body shape and educational attainments."
The study also found that the size of a child's head can even predict the likelihood of him or her going to university.
So, the next time you're worrying about your newborn having a big head — embrace it! (Well, after birth.)
A big head implies intelligence, growth, and good genes.