1. Night Owls and Intelligence

    Bedtimes and wake-up times for Americans in their 20s by IQ.


    Very Dull (IQ < 75)

    Weekday: 11:41 P.M.-7:20 A.M.

    Weekend: 12:35 A.M.-10:09 A.M.


    Normal (90 < IQ < 110)

    Weekday: 12:10 A.M.-7:32 A.M.

    Weekend: 1:13 A.M.-10:14 A.M.


    Very Bright (IQ > 125)

    Weekday: 12:29 A.M.-7:52 A.M.

    Weekend: 1:44 A.M.-11:07 A.M.


    Night owls are smarter than other people, and now we may know why. The modern world contains many features our slow-to-evolve brains still find unfamiliar—cars, TVs, hot dogs on a stick. But the world has always thrown new stuff at us, and brighter humans may adapt more ably.

    Satoshi Kanazawa, a psychologist at The London School of Economics and Political Science, argues that, while we have specialized mental modules for navigation, social interaction, and other age-old tasks, general intelligence is its own module handling only evolutionarily novel circumstances. And he has data showing thatpeople with higher IQs are more likely to have values and preferences that just didn’t make sense for our ancestors to embrace. One of those is staying up late.

    A previous study found that evening people are smarter than morning people. In a new paper, Kanazawa replicates the finding and provides a theoretical grounding.Because the nocturnal lifestyle allowed by electricity didn’t exist 10,000 years ago, we must now rely on general intelligence to override our early-to-bed instincts. So those with more of it stay up later.

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      Well, this is useful.
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      LOL. GOD DAMN. I should how this to my parents. >:)
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      mind.blown.
    14. spicycolleen reblogged this from thisisnotpsychology and added:
      I’M A GENIUS, GUYS!
    15. 232459-73648463 reblogged this from disturbingthepeas and added:
      If this is true, then the ultimate night-owls (tumblr people) must be some quickly evolving race of geniuses....
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    17. davidsilver reblogged this from thunderdome- and added:
      Okay, someone let me know what the IQ is for someone who sleeps from, like, 5am-1pm everyday. It’ll probably be through...
    18. treatyoselfartie reblogged this from thisisnotpsychology and added:
      i’m very bright lol (at least when i was 10) the weekend sleeping time seems legit, give or take (though i may sleep...
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      I stay up till 5 a.m most days….I must be a fucking genius.
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    23. thesushimonster reblogged this from didyougetmytext and added:
      APPARENTLY I’m really dull. Or maybe college ~changes me…
    24. sparkwolf reblogged this from thisisnotpsychology and added:
      But I go to sleep at 7 A.M. and wake up at 3:30 P.M. on most days, even if it’s a weekend. SO DOES THAT MAKE ME SMART...
    25. flameojamespotter reblogged this from thisisnotpsychology and added:
      I STAY UP LATE THEREFORE I’M A GENIUS.