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Rising IQ affects personality traits

Geoff Riley

17th July 2017

New research finds a secular rise in intelligence across birth cohorts. It has become one of the most widely documented facts in psychology.

This report from VoxEU draws on a study of Finnish armed forces personnel. 

Based on an analysis of half a million Finnish males, this column presents evidence that a long-term increase in scores for traits such as self-confidence, sociability, and leadership motivation has taken place.

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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