We all know that we are the first – born, but apparently we could be the smartest children in the world. According to a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NCHD), we are probably smarter than our younger siblings, and we know it.
First, children born in 2016 tend to perform better than their younger siblings on a variety of cognitive tests, according to a 2016 study published in the Journal of Human Resources. This means that they usually score higher on cognitive tests and similar things. This is because parents seem to be more concerned about their firstborn’s cognitive abilities than their younger counterparts.
This was documented using data from children from NLSY79, and the latter children performed significantly better than their younger siblings in a variety of cognitive tests. After that, differences in birth sequence and cognitive evaluation remained statistically significant.
In addition to cognitive stimulation before the birth of the two babies, the mothers also took more risks and breastfed and breastfed more often, according to the study.
Differences in parents behavior can explain differences in children’s ability to start school and their level of education. The results suggest that there is a strong correlation between the number of children born and their cognitive abilities. The study was based on the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, which monitors the behavior of more than 1.5 million young people in the US from birth to age 14.
The children were examined every two years after the data was collected, and the researchers used statistical methods to analyze how the behavior of the children’s parents affected their test results. Researchers then used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to monitor parents’ behavior, including their child’s educational level. The results showed that the benefits enjoyed by first-born siblings began much earlier than their siblings.
These differences increased slightly with age and were reflected in test scores that measured verbal, reading and mathematical comprehension skills as well as cognitive skills such as reading and writing.
The researchers found that parents changed their behavior when their children were born. Mothers also took higher risks during their child’s pregnancy, such as smoking more, and provided less intellectual stimulation to younger siblings. Children read better in their first year than their older siblings, but less in later life. They also take less part in activities such as music making, reading and writing, and other activities.
You might think that makes sense, even if there are exceptions, but that’s my view (see video below for more information). If you are a firstborn and wiser than your siblings, what are your views on this?