Children’s drawing from Twins Early Development Study, King’s College London (all images courtesy King’s College London)
As both a new mom and fraternal twin I found this study fascinating…
THE QUESTION: Do genes influence children’s figurative drawing and indicate future intelligence?
THE PROCESS: Study 7,752 pairs of identical and fraternal twins drawings
THE TEST: If your child is a girl, say: “Draw me a picture of a girl. Do the best that you can. Make sure that you draw all of her.” If your child is a boy, say: “Draw me a picture of a boy. Do the best that you can. Make sure you draw all of him.”
THE SCORING: Grading was scored from 0 to 12 based on how many parts of the body were included. One point was given for the presence each of the head, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair, body, arms, legs, hands, feet, and clothing items.
1. While researchers did find a correlation between accuracy in drawing and intelligence, they stressed that drawing ability does not determine, but rather results from, intelligence.
2. They discovered that drawings done by identical twins (who share 100% of their genes) were much more similar than those done by fraternal twins (who share 50%), which means that “genetic differences exert a greater influence on children’s figure drawing at age 4 than do between-family environmental differences.”
Read the full findings at Psychological Science