Early Risers Have Higher Verbal Intelligence, Debunking Previous Studies

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At a glance

  • Highly intelligent people are often portrayed as night owls. The dedicated novelist writing all night until daybreak, for example. While prior studies actually support this notion, finding that night owls typically display more robust verbal intelligence, new research from the University of Ottawa suggests otherwise.
  • Turns out the early bird really does get the (verbal) worm.
  • “Once you account for key factors including bedtime and age, we found the opposite to be true, that morning types tend to have superior verbal ability,” says Stuart Fogel, Director of the University of Ottawa Sleep Research Laboratory, in a university release.
  • “This outcome was surprising to us and signals this is much more complicated that anyone thought before.”

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