Eyespy: April 2014
A tall story—Fed up with bashing your head on doorframes, and hearing the same old joke about the weather in the stratosphere? Don’t worry—research published in the journal Behaviour Genetics (doi:10.1007/s10519-014-9644-z) indicates that there might be an association between height and intelligence. The study used data from the Generation Scotland: Scottish Family Health Study cohort. Researchers looked at the genetic correlation between height and general intelligence (determined by cognitive tests) in 6815 unrelated subjects (median age 57, interquartile range 49 to 63). They found a moderate and significant genetic correlation (0.28, standard error 0.09). The researchers said that understanding the genetic correlation between height and intelligence is important in life course research because both traits have been shown to predict health outcomes and mortality.
Married to your health—A stressful marriage might do more than give you a headache. A study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (doi:10.1177/002214650604700101) used