- Researchers find that children with higher IQ made funnier jokes in ‘fill-the-gap’ comic test
- Experts say kids who make good jokes probably have ‘extraordinary intelligence’
- Study Tests Humor-Producing Ability of More Than 200 Kids in Turkey
Class clowns have traditionally been given the Duns treatment.
But now research shows they may actually be one of the smartest kids in the room.
Scientists tested the funny bones of 217 children of different IQs in Turkey and found 10. asked to make jokes for comics
Each of his contributions was then scored by a panel of scientists and cartoonists.
Once all final scores were tallied, the experts found that the more intelligent children outperformed their peers in every way.
Academics believe that intelligent people have a better sense of humor because they understand how to break people’s expectations.
Lead author Professor Ugur Sak said that parents and teachers should recognize that being a clown child was a sign of their intellectual potential.
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These are the comics that 217 Turkish children were asked to fill out to test their humorous abilities. Researchers found that the higher a child scored on the IQ scale, the better their jokes
Children born in Kovid epidemic have low IQ
A study has claimed that children born during the COVID pandemic may have lower IQs as interactions are reduced during the lockdown.
Researchers from Brown University in Rhode Island found that children born in March 2020 have poorer cognitive, verbal and motor skills than children who arrived in the world before the coronavirus.
The average IQ for children aged three months to three years dropped from about 100 to 79 in the decade before the pandemic. .
The lockdown saw children have significantly less interaction with the outside world, leading to ‘shockingly’ low cognitive development.
Whether the decline in growth will affect children in later life is uncertain, the researchers said. Babies have more resilient brains than adults and are more likely to be able to recover.
The study’s lead author, pediatrician Dr Sean Devney, said the drop in IQ scores was significant.
They told Guardian: ‘It’s not subtle by any stretch. You don’t usually see such things outside of major cognitive disorders.’
The scientists conducted tests on verbal, non-verbal and early learning skills to assess children’s development.
Dr Devani said: ‘Parents are stressed and tired. There has been a significant reduction in the conversation that the child would normally get.
A decline in IQ at an early age will not guarantee that children will be less intelligent in later life, he said, adding that ‘the ability to course-correct gets smaller, the older the child gets’.
The authors said the main factor behind the decline in performance in the tests was parental stress while working from home.
He added that the wearing of masks by adults could also affect children’s development as children were less able to learn from facial cues.
The study was conducted by researchers from Anadolu University in Turkey, who tested the humor abilities of 112 boys and 105 girls between the ages of 10 and 12.
Before creating the comics, the children took a Turkish IQ test designed to measure their intelligence called the Anadolu Sak Intelligence Scale.
Of the 217 children, 8 percent were below average IQ, 59 percent were average, 15 percent were above average and 17 percent were ‘highly intelligent’.
Under the Turkish system, a child is considered to be of average intelligence if his IQ is between 85 and 115.
Each child was then given 10 comics to add speech-bubbles to the characters’ thoughts and voices to test their humor.
Some comics were already partially filled to set the scene, while others were completely empty.
These comics were then given a comic score by seven judges, two academics specializing in comic science, and five cartoonists.
Each of the 10 children’s comics was scored for its fun and relevance on a scale of one to five for each category.
Creating 10 comics with each child meant that they each had a final score out of a possible 100 points.
Children classified as highly intelligent achieved an average score of 92, compared to an average score of 78 for the entire study.
Children classified as having below average IQ scored an average of only 54 on the humor test.
Professor Sak said the end results showed that the smarter the child, the better their jokes.
He said, ‘The more the intelligence means, the more the sense of humor.
‘The highly intelligent group outperformed all other groups.’
He also told sciencepod: ‘Parents and teachers should be aware that if their children or students frequently make good quality humor, it is highly likely that they have exceptional intelligence.’
Professor Sak also acknowledged that the study had several limitations.
The first is that making comics is only a form of humor and is not done in a social setting.
Secondly, as with the comics previously published by cartoonist Selçuk Erdem, there was no way to be sure that the children had not seen them before the study.
In conclusion, Professor Sack said that since the number of children in each intelligence group was not the same, comparisons between them should be made with caution.
The findings were published in the journal Humor.
What is IQ and how is it measured?
IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient and is used to measure mental ability.
The acronym ‘IQ’ was first coined by psychologist William Stern to describe the German word Intelligenzquotient.
Historically, IQ is a score obtained by dividing a person’s mental age, obtained from an IQ test, by their age.