The Washington Post:
Don’t throw away your kid’s stick figure drawings just yet.
Researchers found a “moderate correlation” between drawing and intelligence, a link that “seemed to be influenced by genes,” according to a study by the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London.
The test centered on identical and nonidentical twins, with 15,504 children participating. Each child was asked to draw a picture of a child and then given verbal and nonverbal intelligence tests. The children were first tested when they were 4 years old, and again 10 years later at age 14.
Several researchers evaluated the pictures by giving scores ranging from 0 to 12 , based on “the accuracy of features such as number of legs (1 point), and other bodily and facial features,” explained Rosalind Arden, lead author of the paper.
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