Having a big head is a struggle. You can never find hats to fit your giant noggin, people are always annoyed when you’re the one standing in front of them at a gig, and your mum always winces when she looks at you. Or is that just me?
Then there’s the daily struggle to fit your head through the neck of your t-shirt, and the never-ending battle to stop your glasses from stretching beyond recognition. Don’t even get me started on the flower crowns.
Thankfully, after years of persecution, it looks like things might finally be looking up for those of us with larger-than-average heads. Scientists used a sample of 100,000 Britons in order to determine something very positive for the big heads of this world. So if you’re desperate for some positive big headed news,
Data from UK Biobank has revealed a direct correlation between brain volume, head circumference and levels of intelligence. Essentially, they discovered that the larger your baby’s head, the cleverer it would go on to be as an adult. The data was so specific that scientists could even use the data to predict if a child was smart enough to go to university.
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.”
If you’re sitting there wondering exactly where your baby fits on the big-headed spectrum, you should know that the average newborn head size is 36 cm for boys, and 35 cm for girls. Cue a sigh of relief from lots of parents…
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