Friday, 28 Mar, 2008 Science

People Wearing Glasses Are More Intelligent


What would you first think looking at a man with glasses? Most probably you will have the image of a self-absorbed, socially isolated and hardworking nerd.

However, scientists say that short-sightedness is more likely to be linked to intelligence and open-mindedness.

The study conducted at the University of Melbourne's Centre for Eye Research Australia tried to find personality traits linked to myopia. During the study 633 twins and a comparative group of 278 members of families with myopia answered the questionnaires on their personality traits. Those people who came from families with myopia were supposed to have personality traits that were already present in their families.

The volunteers were evaluated according to five characteristics: extroversion, conscientiousness, openness, agreeableness and neuroticism.

The findings showed that there was no link between myopia and introversion, conscientiousness or passiveness, but there was a link with agreeableness and openness.

Though, the correlation between myopia and agreeableness was not very significant and was found mostly in the twins. But there was a strong association between short-sightedness and openness. This personality trait correlates with intelligence and high scores on this trait may indicate that a person is well-educated and has a lot of interests.

These results often corresponds to a belief that a person well-educated and intelligent, who reads and writes a lot is more likely to be short-sighted.

The study is published in the latest issue of the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science.

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