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Kids' drawings at age 4 linked to intelligence at age 14

Kids' Drawings At Age 4 Linked To Intelligence At Age 14

Here's yet another reason to hang those nonsensical, poorly-drawn pictures your kid creates onto your fridge: they might show just how smart your child really is.

A study published Monday by King's College London found a link between 4-year-olds' doodle drawings and those same kids' intelligence levels a decade later.

The study looked at more than 15,000 children. Parents asked each 4-year-old to draw a picture of another kid. Then the researchers graded the pictures on a scale of 0 to 12, giving points if the drawings had correct features like eyes, nose, mouth and so on. The kids were given intelligence tests both at age 4 and age 14. The researchers were surprised to find that, not only were drawing scores linked to intelligence at age 4, the effect was still there 10 years later.

But there's no need to run out and sign your kid up for drawing classes just yet. The researchers say the correlation is "moderate." Lead author Dr. Rosalind Arden spoke with Sky News.

"There will be many children who can barely put pen to paper who turn out to do brilliant things in later life."

And as anchors at KUSI said:

"If your kid isn't a very good doodler, don't worry." ...

"So, there's only a plus to this, there's no negative to this?"

"There's no real negative to this."

LiveScience points out the 'draw-a-child' test was first developed in the 1920s for similar reasons. But the researchers say it's the strong link between the drawings at age 4 and age 14 that's surprising.

Dr. Arden says because the sample size was so large researchers are very confident in their findings.

This video contains images from joamm_tall / CC BY-SA 2.0‚Äč and King's College London.

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Jo Lavender August 20 2014 at 1:04 AM

HuffnPuff Post acts like this is big news. This was part and parcel of Psych 101 in college in the 1960s!

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unihawker1 August 20 2014 at 1:32 AM

I have raised 6 kids over the last 25 years, so I think I have some insight. Let me get this straight. You have smart kids somehow proving they are smarter with these drawings and 10 years later they are still smarter than the kids that were never as smart? I think the people who did this study aren't exactly proving they are the sharpest pencils in the box. Go figure!

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savannahswithgod unihawker1 August 20 2014 at 8:38 AM

No but they sell pencils and they haven't been selling enough boxes of pencils.

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stoner4570 August 20 2014 at 2:38 AM

Dr. Victor Lowenfeld wrote a book pertaining to Child Development in Art Education. Any student taking Art Education had to take the course. this was during the early 60's or so. so the news is not a big deal. It has been around for along time. Just have to let your fingers do the walking at the library.

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savannahswithgod August 20 2014 at 8:37 AM

Well the little tyke drew God. And so God was there looking up at the kid and asking 'hey will this work'? And the kid responded 'no God, I have no future in this world because of the Greed on Wall Street'!

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r_porterfield August 20 2014 at 1:49 PM

There are brilliant people who can't even draw a stick figure and there are plenty of illiterate convicts who can draw killer tattoos so.......I call bullshit.

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