Sorry, Guys: Female IQ Is Now Higher

IQ expert James Flynn says gals have lead for the first time
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2012 2:40 PM CDT
A recent study of IQ tests shows that women have taken the lead for the first time.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Women always thought they were smarter, and now IQ tests are backing them up. James Flynn, an IQ expert, collated results from tests around the world and said women have taken the lead for the first time, the Telegraph reports. "This is a consequence of modernity," said Flynn. "The complexity of the modern world is making our brains adapt and raising our IQ." But why the female boost? "Because they were disadvantaged in the past."

Flynn looked at IQ tests from the US, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, and Estonia, and found that the male/female IQ gap was insignificant in westernized countries, the Daily Mail reports. But in Argentina, Estonia, and New Zealand, women scored marginally higher. The so-called "Flynn Effect," named after him in the 1980s, showed that modern life had boosted the IQ of many people around the world. (Read more IQ tests stories.)

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