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The relationship between IQ and climatic variables in African and Eurasian countries

Authors
Journal
Intelligence
0160-2896
Publisher
Elsevier
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.intell.2014.06.001
Keywords
  • Iq
  • Climatic Variables
  • Nasal Index
  • Evolution
  • Africa
  • Eurasia

Abstract

Abstract The purpose of the present research was to determine the relationship of IQ to precipitation and other climatic variables in 128 countries of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Lower precipitation, temperature, and nasal index were associated with higher IQ. Temperature range and humidity were positively associated with IQ as predicted by evolutionary theory. Additionally, discriminant function analyses showed that the variables that best discriminated between the groups of countries were IQ, temperature, precipitation, humidity, and nasal index. The discriminant functions correctly classified over 90% of the cases. Precipitation, temperature, and nasal index were contributors to multiple regression with IQ as the dependent variable.

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