September 30, 2014
   
Add to Google
More Education Improves IQ
email a friend print


If you have arthritis, don't let winter reduce your activity level. Keep exercising, even if it means walking at the mall. More >

Follow us on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook. Receive updates via E-mail and SMS:







Would you like to ask our staff a question? >
Join the discussion and leave a comment on this article >


More Education Improves IQ

 

Is IQ innate or learned? Some experts argue that IQ is not affected by education, while others feel that a child’s educational experiences absolutely have an effect on his or her IQ. A new study suggests that IQ can indeed be influenced by one’s education, even up through the teenage years.

The relationship between IQ and education is very difficult to pin down scientifically. One might discover that the more education a person has, the higher his or her IQ; but what’s the reason behind this? Did the education make the person’s IQ higher, or did the person start out with a higher IQ, and seek out more education because of it?

The boost in IQ gotten by an additional year of school, they calculated, was 3.7 points – a significant jump.

Scientists caught a break with an educational reform in Norway making it mandatory for children to remain in school for nine years rather than seven. The reform, which took effect in the 1960s made it possible for researchers to see if the added schooling had an effect on IQ.

Researchers followed men who were born in the 1950s, and looked at how much education they had completed at age 30. They also took note of their IQs, since all draft-eligible men were given tests by the Norwegian military at age 19. They compared IQ scores for participants who were in school both before and after the reform took place.

The average difference in IQ before and after the education reform was 0.6 IQ points. Though this difference sounds negligible, it is statistically significant, meaning that it is unlikely to be due to chance. The boost in IQ gotten by an additional year of school, they calculated, was 3.7 points – also a significant jump.

The study offers some good evidence that education continued relatively late into development (the mid-teen years) could affect IQ. The authors do point out that the study should not be taken as evidence that the well-demonstrated early childhood experiences are any less important to cognitive development and to IQ.

More research will be needed to determine the complex relationship between IQ, education, and other developmental experiences. In the meantime, it won’t hurt to give your kids the richest intellectual, social, and educational experiences you can, since they all play important roles in cognitive development.

The research was carried out by a team at the University of Oslo and Harvard University and was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

February 4, 2012






 


 
Add Comment
NOTE: We regret that we cannot answer personal medical questions.











This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.





The Doctor Will See You Now   |   LEGAL RESTRICTIONS AND TERMS OF USE OF THIS SITE. USE OF THIS SITE IS YOUR AGREEMENT TO THESE TERMS.
Copyright 2014 interMDnet Corporation. All rights reserved.
About Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | System Requirements