Two of my kids have enormous heads. Their heads regularly measured within the 99-percentile group in our early ultrasounds and I don’t think they’ve shrunk much since.

They wear extra-large caps and hats and their hair is styled to camouflage their larger-than-life noggins. I’ve always told them that their heads are bigger ’cause they’re packed with brains. And it seems that I was actually spot-on.

Big Head = Bigger Brains

A new study has revealed that babies born with big heads and more intelligent, with an improved chance of getting a better education and being successful in life.

The research, which was done by UK Biobank, investigated the connection between genetic predisposition and environmental exposure to developing diseases. The results indicated that those with a larger head circumference and brain volume were prone to higher intelligence.

Researchers from the UK, Germany and the US analysed data from 100,000 Brits between the ages of 37 and 73. In addition, over half a million samples were used from previous studies.

The resulting paper, which was published in the Nature journal, Molecular Psychiatry, stated:

“Highly significant associations were observed between the cognitive test scores in the UK Biobank sample and many polygenic profile scores, including […]intracranial volume, infant head circumference and childhood cognitive ability.”

Which in layman’s terms, pretty much means that people with bigger heads are superior.

Close analysis of the data revealed babies born with larger heads are significantly more likely to get a degree, as well as score higher on verbal-numerical reasoning tests.

The Independent reports that the average head size for a newborn baby is 36 cm for boys, and 35 cm for girls. Babies with bigger than average heads are more likely to become geniuses.

Great news for my big-headed kids.

Do you have an above-average head size? Or do you have big-headed kids? What do you think of this new research?

  • Not sure of this, but good conversation topic!


  • I would like to see the research methodology and data on that!


  • It didn’t prove to be right in my family. The biggest heads never finished school and the tiny ones went on to Uni and a degree. Interesting read but guess more research would have to be done.


  • I’m not convinced on this one.


  • Don’t know if I believe this or not


  • I’m not sure how accurate this study was, but big heads are a pain. I have a big ‘ol melon head and the only thing I can say for certain is that it makes it hard to buy hats.


  • I have never heard this before. Not sure that i believe it.


  • My son will be so pleased to know that. When he arrived, the first thing I noticed was the size of his head!!! So he is going to be very successful.


  • I don’t think this is right.


  • Another stupid waste of time, money and resources study. Idi Amin looked like he had a big head so did Gadhafi.


  • Maybe the study was done by those who had a bigger head


  • Why would someone want to do a study on this.


  • Sounds logical to me. Big head more brain, smarter kids. Its a good thing.


  • Using a large dataset and controlling for a variety of factors, including sex, age, height, socioeconomic status, and genetic ancestry, scientists found that people with larger brains do actually rate higher on measures of intelligence and educational attainment. However other studies show that we don’t use all of our brain at all. So it can occur that someone with a small head and a small size of brains is actually a genius.


  • I’m sure this isn’t all true…lol


Post a comment
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

Please enter your comment below
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account

Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your comment and join MoM:

You May Like


Looks like this may be blocked by you browser or content filtering.

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating