According to a recent study on human psychology, a child’s level of intelligence can be assumed going by his ability to draw anything. The study was conducted by the Doctor’s at King’s College, Institute of Psychiatry located in London.
The results were obtained after analyzing the drawing skills of thousands of twins in England.
The researchers have studied 7,752 twins (15,504 kids) both identical and non-identical). The survey, which took more than a decade to complete, was funded by UK’s Medical Research Council.
The researchers have asked the participating children to draw a picture of child when they were 4 years old. The same children after attaining the age of 14 were asked to draw a picture again and the level of drawing was measured.
The lead author of the study, Dr Rosalind Arden said, “The correlation is moderate, so our findings are interesting, but it does not mean that parents should worry if their child draws badly.”
Dr Arden further said, “Drawing ability does not determine intelligence, there are countless factors, both genetic and environmental, which affect intelligence in later life.”
The researchers also mentioned that the intelligence level among twins found to be more closely related than those who do not share the same genes. This may also suggest that the genetic component may also play important role in determining one’s intelligence level.
However, Dr Arden also made a special mention regarding the same genetic component. He said, “This does not mean that there is a drawing gene — a child’s ability to draw stems from many other abilities, such as observing, holding a pencil, etc. We are a long way off understanding how genes influence all these different types of behaviour.”
The rational for this study undertaken is, a child who draws pictures of a human, is trying to represent the picture present in his mind.
Earlier, there were similar researches done by several institutes which suggested that people sharing similar handwriting pattern also shares thinks in similar way.
The research was published in the recent edition of Journal of Psychological Science.