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    [Now wanna guess my cephalic index? ]

    Big heads really are smarter


    Scientists find that size does matter

    Robin McKie, science editor
    Sunday September 28, 2003
    The Observer


    Being a fathead has its compensations. Scientists have discovered that people with large skulls are more likely to fare well in the twilight of their years - at least when it comes to remembering what they are doing. This striking conclusion is the handiwork of scientists who have uncovered a close correlation between the size of a pensioner's cranium and the results of intelligence and memory tests. In other words, when it comes to brainpower, size does matter.

    'What we found was very clear,' said the group's leader, Dr Christopher Martyn, of Southampton University's environmental epidemiology unit. 'The larger a person's head, the less likely their cognitive abilities are to decline in later years.'

    And for people with small heads, the results of the study - to be published in next month's issue of Brain - are particularly bleak, for the unit found that people with the smallest heads had a fivefold increased risk of suffering cognitive decline compared with those with the largest heads.

    The team began their studies on a sample of 215 men and women aged between 75 and 80. Each was given an initial IQ test and a memory test, and was then asked to retake these three years later. The decline in each person's cognitive powers was carefully calculated.

    The team then measured each individual's head circumference and searched their medical records for midwives' notes on which their head size at birth were recorded.

    The results showed a clear link between head size and loss of memory and cognitive ability in later life. The bigger the head, the less the decline. However, Martyn stressed that his study found that those born with a small head were not automatically doomed to early senility. It is subsequent brain growth in infancy and childhood that is the crucial criterion, he discovered.

    In other words, being born with a big head is far less important than having good growth as you progress through childhood. During the first year of life, babies' brains double in size, and by the time they are six, their brain weight has tripled. These are the crucial years for laying down brain cells and neural connections.

    'Proper nourishment in early life and providing a stimulating intellectual environment are vital for achieving good brain growth and development and this lasts through life. In other words, brain growth in childhood is important not only in determining how bright you become but how bright you stay,' said Martyn.

    'That is the real message from this study: that we have to ensure infants and children are brought up in conditions that optimise brain growth - partly to provide us with lots of bright young adults but also to reduce risk of decline in higher mental function in old age.'

    The Southampton study also provides the best evidence yet uncovered for demonstrating the importance of head size. According to Martyn, a person's head circumference is closely correlated with brain volume and that in turn is related to mental ability. For example, researchers from the University of Western Ontario who measured the width of the heads of brothers aged 20 to 35 and then put them through a series of intelligence and cognition tests, found that greater width pointed to greater intelligence.

    In addition, a link with brain size and Alzheimer's disease was suggested by a study published several years ago in the British Journal of Psychiatry. The bigger the skull size, the less likely a person seems to suffer from the disease. Now the Southampton unit has provided careful measurements to back these findings - and to suggest a route for reducing the problem.
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    The largest skull capacity seems to be found in northern Germany.

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    I thought that the largest skulls are in Ireland and Russia.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    The largest skull capacity seems to be found in northern Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volksdeutsche
    I thought that the largest skulls are in Ireland and Russia.
    I have heard from more than one source that it is northern Germany. Will have to look it up again to verify...

    Anyway from this map by Coon, it certainly shows Ireland as having large skulls, but definitely not Russia. They seem to be much smaller on average.

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    Southern Italians seem to be lacking.
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    ''His head is large, for Ireland has consistently the largest head size of any equal land area in Europe. The three principal vault dimensions of his head, 196 mm. by 154 mm. by 125 mm., give him the mesocephalic cephalic index of nearly 79, and the moderately hypsicephalic length-height index of 64.''

    The Races of Europe - Coon

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    The problem is that the map only takes into account two dimensions, them being the breadth and length of the head.

    Height, the third dimension, is exluded.

    Therefore, one can assume that Eastern Europeans, for example, have bigger heads then the map lets on as they tend to have comparatively greater head heights.

    Northern Germans and the Western Irish may not have the largest heads as they both tend to be low-skulled populations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmocreator
    Southern Italians seem to be lacking.

    Lacking in:

    Efficient infrastructure - Yes
    Sufficient Population - Yes
    Industry and Jobs - Yes
    Abilty to defend shores - Yes
    Births - Yes
    Intelligence - No

    The regions of S. Italy are of the most intelligent regions in Italy. Southerners get more Ph. D's than every other region.
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    Mine's 372 mm . Im high-skulled to boot. Hats mostly don't become me .

    Quote Originally Posted by Loki

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