A Fascinating Sign That You Have A High IQ

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This parental behaviour is
linked to more intelligent children.
Children whose parents are
‘chatterboxes’ tend to have higher IQs, new research finds.
Children hearing more speech
from their caregivers had better reasoning and numeracy skills, the
observational study found.
Some children in the study
heard twice as many words as others.
Perhaps less surprisingly,
children who heard higher quality speech from their parents, using a more
diverse vocabulary, knew more words themselves.
For the study, tiny audio
recorders were fitted to 107 children aged between 2 and 4.
They were recorded for 16
hours a day for three days at home.
Ms Katrina d’Apice, the
study’s first author, explained the results:
“Using the audio recorders
allowed us to study real-life interactions between young children and their
families in an unobtrusive way within the home environment rather than a lab
We found that the quantity of
adult spoken words that children hear is positively associated with their
cognitive ability. 
However, further research is
needed to explore the reasons behind this link — it could be that greater
exposure to language provides more learning opportunities for children, but it
could also be the case that more intelligent children evoke more words from
adults in their environment.”
While parental talk was linked
to children’s cognitive abilities, their parenting strategy was linked to their
Specifically, positive
parenting was linked to less aggression, disobedience and restlessness.
Positive parenting involves
responding to children in positive ways and encouraging them to explore the
Professor Sophie von Stumm,
study co-author, said:
“This study is the largest
naturalistic observation of early life home environments to date. 
We found that the quantity of
adult spoken words that children were exposed to varied greatly within
Some kids heard twice as many
words on one day as they did on the next. 
The study highlights the
importance of treating early life experiences as dynamic and changeable rather
than static entities — approaching research in this way will help us to
understand the interplay between environmental experiences and children’s
differences in development.”
About the author

Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:
The study was published in the
journal Developmental Psychology (d’Apice et al., 2019).

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.