Do you wear glasses? Good news: You have something that others do not (apart from the inability to see objects at a certain distance from your face, I mean). According to a new study, people who wear glasses may be smarter than anyone else. The study comes from the University of Edinburgh and was recently published in the journal Nature Communications – and although it has found a lot of other features that are associated with intelligence, it is the glasses that People have caught on too. To be fair, that's somehow understandable; Many of us have spent much of our lives annoying for four-eyes. I do not know about you, but as a longtime eyeglass wearer, I feel very affirmed and a little self-righteous.
For the study, researchers examined data collected by the UK Biobank and the Charge Consortium and Cogent consortium on the hereditary characteristics of 300,486 participants, ages 1
Hello Giggles pointed out, however, that not all forms of poor eyesight correlate positively with general cognitive function: myopia – also called myopia, where people can see things clearly up close but have difficulty by far – had the positive correlation; Hyperopoia – hyperopia, where people can see distance but have trouble with things that are close – has not. So, uh … sorry, people who just need glasses to read.
But the results of the study are more than just bragging rights, of course; The implications are enormous. Genetic Statistics and Analysis by the University of Edinburgh Gail Davies on Independent, "This study, the largest genetic study of cognitive function, has identified many genetic differences that contribute to the heritability of thinking skills." The fact that we now know the "common genetic effects on health and brain structure," Dr. Davies also means that we now have "a foundation to explore the mechanisms by which these differences influence the thinking skills during a lifetime." Lead researcher Professor Ian Deary noted that a more detailed analysis of the results could help more to find out how the cognitive function decreases as we get older.
Wearing spectacle lenses was not the only feature the researchers associated with general cognitive function, of course; There are many other pieces of information that should be scourged here: smart people were also less prone to hypertension, suffer from heart attacks, develop lung cancer or suffer from depressive episodes, and are more likely to live longer.
The general cognitive function, according to the researchers, is very important when it comes to the outcome of life. "People who have a higher cognitive function in childhood and adolescence tend to stay in education longer, gain higher education, get more professional and better paid jobs, live a healthier life, and live longer," wrote they after previous research. But the study did not look at all causal … which is a big gap. After all, much can decide how your brain evolves – and how your life evolves – as simply what you genetically inherited.
For example, smarter people are generally healthier people – but a lot of them are often because they also have economic benefits: access to healthy food helps your body and brain to develop better; However, people from low income communities and eating deserts – often due to systemic racism – do not always have this access, which dramatically penalizes them compared to their more affluent, often white counterparts.
Then there is education: it is well documented that children from low-income families often do not have the same access to education and opportunities as children from wealthy families, which can have a ripple effect that makes people feel all their emotions alive , When Toby Morris & # 39; comic "On A Plate" drives home, two children may have very different life successes due to their economic circumstances, even though they both have the same intelligence. This also affects how your brain and body develop – and how your life evolves.
Since this study focuses only on genetic traits, I would be interested in further research or analysis to find out what happens when you put these traits into the larger context. Also in terms of intelligence, it depends on the environment; it's not just innate talent or what do you have.
In the meantime, you can read the full study online here. And if you are a glasses person? Wear it proudly. At least they are now considered stylish, right?