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New baby IQ drop

September 7, 2004

This article seems to be doing the rounds at the moment.

Researchers at the Kinsey Institute began their study in 1999 by giving 200 married couples who were planning on starting families within the next four years Intelligence Quotient (IQ) tests. By 2003, all but 27 of these couples had conceived.
Another IQ test was given to each set of parents successful in conceiving and birthing a baby six months after their child was born. These results were compared to the previous intelligence tests.
In every single one of the 173 cases, both parents scored at least twelve points lower on the second IQ test, with the majority of parents losing twenty or more IQ points.

So, it seems that six months of being woken up every couple of hours, constant fretting and otherwise radically adjusting your lifestyle to cope with an awesome new responsibility adversely affects people's ability to perform well on written tests. That sure is research funding well spent. Hopefully now that they've finished this earth-shaking study they can turn their attention to ursine aboreal defecatory habits ...

Posted by Jonah at September 7, 2004 3:51 PM