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Old 08-25-06, 06:09 PM
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Study: Taller people are smarter

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060825/...my_height_dc_1

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - While researchers have long shown that tall people earn more than their shorter counterparts, it's not only social discrimination that accounts for this inequality -- tall people are just smarter than their height-challenged peers, a new study finds.

"As early as age three -- before schooling has had a chance to play a role -- and throughout childhood, taller children perform significantly better on cognitive tests," wrote Anne Case and Christina Paxson of Princeton University in a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The findings were based primarily on two British studies that followed children born in 1958 and 1970, respectively, through adulthood and a U.S. study on height and occupational choice.

Other studies have pointed to low self-esteem, better health that accompanies greater height, and social discrimination as culprits for lower pay for shorter people.

But researchers Case and Paxson believe the height advantage in the job world is more than just a question of image.

"As adults, taller individuals are more likely to select into higher paying occupations that require more advanced verbal and numerical skills and greater intelligence, for which they earn handsome returns," they wrote.

For both men and women in the United States and the United Kingdom, a height advantage of four inches equated with a 10 percent increase in wages on average.

But the researchers said the differences in performance crop up long before the tall people enter the job force. Prenatal care and the time between birth and the age of 3 are critical periods for determining future cognitive ability and height.

"The speed of growth is more rapid during this period than at any other during the life course, and nutritional needs are greatest at this point," the researchers wrote.

The research confirms previous studies that show that early nutrition is an important predictor of intelligence and height.

"Prenatal care and prenatal nutrition are just incredibly important, even more so than we already knew," Case said in an interview.

Since the study's data only included populations in the United Kingdom and the United States, the findings could not be applied to other regions, Case said.

And how tall are the researchers?

They are both about 5 feet 8 inches tall, well above the average height of 5 feet 4 inches for American women.

A copy of the paper can be found at http://papers.nber.org/papers/w12466.pdf.



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Isn't intelligence directly proportional to brain size? Since taller people are bigger, this makes sense, no?
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As a 6'7" otter, I feel redeemed by this news. Some day you will realize that tall people are funnier, too.
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I thought intelligence was one of the few perks for being short with glasses.
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It's not really the size, afaik, it's the degree if myelenation of the neurons in the brain that increase the speed of information transmission, and, thus, intelligence as many would conceptualize it.
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At 5'9'', I guess that just makes me of average intelligence.
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<----5'8"
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Originally Posted by Darknite39
It's not really the size, afaik, it's the degree if myelenation of the neurons in the brain that increase the speed of information transmission, and, thus, intelligence as many would conceptualize it.
I'm feeling really short right now!

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So how does they explain away majority of athletes (football, backetball) who are mostly morons?
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5'4, sure does explains alot P
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it's true because in Speed, Keanu Reeves won.
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Yes, but it also takes longer for tall people to realize they stubbed their toe, so how smart is that?
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Hopefully tall people will develop a sense of pity one day. You bastards get all the breaks.
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I call bs.

There's less air up there.
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I always knew Shaq was a genius.
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
I always knew Shaq was a genius.
He's a multi-millionaire... I knew how smart he was as soon as he signed his first NBA contract.
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I wonder if they controlled for nutrition. We all know that poorer nutrition can lead to being shorter and of lower intelligence.

For that matter, one wonders if social class and race were taken into account. Social class because lower classes have less access to education. Race because lots of things can be correlated to race.

6'1" here. btw.
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Originally Posted by VinVega
Hopefully tall people will develop a sense of pity one day. You bastards get all the breaks.
*pats Vinnie on the head* It's ok, Vin. We still respect you and your authority. *runs off laughing*


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Originally Posted by VinVega
Hopefully tall people will develop a sense of pity one day. You bastards get all the breaks.
Just think about tall people sitting in airplane seats.
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woohoo! 5'9" and I'm smart. I feel good today!
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The study makes perfect sense to me.
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I've always been called the "smart" girl. Don't think it works in my case since I'm 5'1. Guess the study doesn't stay that only tall people could be smart.
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Another example of taller is smarter, are the Portland Trail Blazers.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
Another example of taller is smarter, are the Portland Trail Blazers.
Old 08-26-06, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
Another example of taller is smarter, are the Portland Trail Blazers.
Given your grammatical prowess, I'll assume you stand in at about 3'2"?


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