Smarter People More Likely To Change Location: City Life Appeals To High IQ Country Folk, While Rural Areas Appeal To Intellectual City Dwellers, University of Helsinki Reveals
Nearly four out of 10 Americans have never left the place where they were born, but most citizens have moved someplace new at least once in their lives. A new study of mobility patterns suggests that people who move (and where they move) may be linked to IQ levels. Even more, the research indicates those who grew up in rural areas and ended up in cities ranked among the highest intelligence scores. “I’m interested in the psychological basis of demographic behavior and outcomes,” writes Dr. Markus Jokela, University of Helsinki, on his website. Along with his newest study of American mobility, appearing in Intelligence, he has focused much of his work on fertility, mortality, and mental disorders.
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