Young people's IQ's beginning to drop

Young people's IQ's beginning to drop

A new study has found young people's IQ scores have started to deteriorate after climbing steadily since Wold War Two.

They suggest that the decline is also down to different approaches in how languages and maths are taught in schools.

Dr Rogeberg said it was more plausible that the changes in the way children are educated or brought up - such as less time drilling pupils in reading and mathematics - were at play.

The study found that people born in 1991 scored about five points lower than those born in 1975 - and those born in 1975 scored on average three points lower on IQ tests than those born in 1962.

The research showed that Norwegian men had lower IQs than their fathers did at a similar age.

The respondents had all signed up for the army from 1970 to 2009.

Psychologist Stuart Ritchie, from the University of Edinburgh, was anxious the research could show an end to the Flynn Effect, which previously showed IQ scores rose consistently.

Stuart Ritchie, a psychologist at the University of Edinburgh who did not take part in the research, told the newspaper: 'This is the most convincing evidence yet of a reversal of the Flynn Effect.

"If you assume their model is correct, the results are impressive and pretty worrying".

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