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Sat, 24th Oct 2015

Is personality linked to birth order?

Brothers (c)

There have been many exaggerated reports this week that birth order, whether you are a first or last born, affects how intelligent you will be compared to your siblings. However, the researchers at the University of Leipzig found that this difference in intelligence is very small and the more important finding was about birth order and personality. Charis Lestrange spoke with lead author Julia Rohrer to find out more.

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There is a significant statistical correlation between being an Olympic gold medallist and being the second son.

Interestingly, (a) there is no such correlation among women athletes and (b) the English class system demanded that the first son inherited the business, the second son joined the army, and the third son joined the church.

Nature or nurture?  I'm sure Pecos Bill or whatever he calls himself these days will have a suitably irrelevant take on it. alancalverd, Tue, 27th Oct 2015

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