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Unformatted text preview: Sharon Ng Psychology 1 May 4, 2009 Psychology Essay #5 – Birth Order and IQ This audio covered some interesting aspects of the correlation of birth order and intelligence. Researchers have noticed that on average, younger siblings tend to score lower on intelligence quotient tests than do their older siblings. In another words, the further down the birth order you are, the lower your IQ is likely to be. A reasonable explanation to this phenomenon is that parents only have a limited amount of energy and time to spend teaching their children. They tend to spend more time teaching their older children, so children who are further down in the birth order get less parental stimulation, thus leaving them with lower IQs. Later on, they alluded to the fact that family size actually impacts a person’s IQ as well. The idea that later-born kids have lower IQs is based on the findings of hundreds of studies. The researchers basically take a large pool of people, and measure their IQs by giving them an IQ...
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- Winter '09
- Psychology, Sibling, Birth order, family size, lower IQs, Sharon Ng