It's amazing how much birth order can affect your personality; middle children tend to be better leaders, while the youngest love the spotlight, and according to Dr. Kevin Leman's The First-Born Advantage, the eldest are usually high achievers "with big plans and dreams." Now a new study reveals that the firstborn is also the smartest of the bunch—something all firstborns will understand. The research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, states that “firstborns score higher on objectively measured intelligence, and additionally found a similar effect on self-reported intellect.” So if you're the eldest, you were literally born with a higher IQ than your siblings. The study also challenges the notion that birth order impacts personality at all, explaining researchers "found no birth-order effects on extraversion, emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness, or imagination."
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