We all want to believe we’re the smartest person in the room, but what if you actually are? Read through these 11 signs to find out if the genius in the room might just be you.
#11. You’re aware of how much you don’t know
It’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect, and it concludes that the smarter a person is, the more he doubts his cognitive abilities.
#10. You’re left-handed (or ambidextrous)
A 1995 experiment revealed that left-handedness is correlated with “divergent thinking,” a form of creativity that helps generate new ideas.
#9. You have a lot of self-control
#8. You worry a lot
One study of elementary school students found that those who often worried about rumors or the outcomes of various situations tended to score higher on tests.
#7. You’re a procrastinator
#6. You’re curious
It’s been said that curiosity and a “hungry mind” make us smarter, and one British study that observed 6,000 people found that 11-year-olds who scored high on IQ tests appeared to be more curious and open to new experiences.
#5. You’re a snacker
It’s a fact that chewing gum increases brain activity (for a brief spurt of around 20 minutes), and scientists have recently found that smart people tend to chew something constantly because while we chew, our brains are open to reflection and self-analysis.
#4. You’re a night owl
Scientists believe that night owls are likely to be more intelligent due to higher brain activity challenging daily biorhythms. This study found that the majority of smart people love waking up later no matter the day of the week, and this research corroborated the findings.
#3. You love a good nap
Smart people’s brains work more intensively, which causes them to tire faster, but they also recharge equally quickly. A power nap of at least 20 minutes should do you right.
#2. You’re easily distracted
This new study suggests that the smarter a person is, the harder it is to keep high levels of brain activity under control.
#1. You walk a lot
People who live in pedestrian-oriented cities tend to have higher intelligence levels than those who live in high-transport cities, says a statistical study.