Science says children with big heads are more likely to succeed

Good news if you’ve got a massive noggin. It turns out that babies with bigger heads are more likely to be clever.

Extensive research by scientists at the charity UK Biobank has revealed that there is a strong link between brain volume, head circumference and higher levels of intelligence, measured by verbal-numerical reasoning testing.

It is thought that the bigger the head, the smarter a baby will be.

The research took place on more than half a million samples from 100,000 British participants aged between 37 and 73 years.

Participants provided blood, urine and saliva samples for analysis, along with information about their backgrounds and personal lifestyle.

They are looking for a connection between their genes, physical and mental health, and their lifestyle.

Researchers in a paper published by the Molecular Psychiatry journal said: “Highly significant associations were observed between the cognitive test scores in the UK Biobank sample and many polygenic scores, including…intracranial volume, infant head circumference and childhood cognitive ability.”

The study even identified 17 ‘significant’ genes which affect brain function and impact your mental and physical health.

UK Biobank claims: “Over many years this will build into a powerful resource to help scientists discover why some people develop particular diseases and others do not.”


The new evidence is so accurate that experts are claiming that it could even predict how likely it is that a baby would go to university based on their DNA.

Just in case you wanted to know, the average new born head size is 36cm for boys and 35cm for girls. Could you have a genius on your hands?