Research suggests that eye color and iris pattern of the eye have a direct correlation to certain personality traits as well as intelligence and health conditions.
Doctors being able to get indications about a person’s health from their eye color is common knowledge however being able to predict a person’s intelligence is a rather new phenomenon.
Several prominent organizations from across the world have conducted studies into this idea of a correlation between eye color/iris patterns and intelligence.
Matt Larsson of Orebro University in Sweden is one such researcher who has concluded that their certain personality traits can be associated with certain eye colors. A group of Czech researches also conducted a similar study in relation to whether a person’s eye color can determine whether they would be better at dominating over others.
How Variations in Eye Color are Perceived
Worldwide the most common eye color is brown with grey and blue eyes coming up second and green as the least common eye color while Europeans are found to have the greatest variation in eye color.
A study conducted by CyberPulse in Los Angeles found that 34% of women aged between 16 and 35 believed that people with brown eyes are intelligent, kind and sexy whole those with blue eyes are thought to be sweet but only 7% of them believed people with blue eyes are intelligent.
Eye Colors and What They Indicate
Babies usually have blue eyes at first however they darken as melanin builds up in the iris. Eyes with the least melanin appear grey or blue while moderate amounts of melanin produce green eyes and those with the highest amounts of melanin are brown or black.
Because production of testosterone is in direct competition with the hormones generally associated with high intelligence factors, the dark eyed people have a greater capacity for physical activities and have higher response times. People with blue eyes also tend to have a devotion to noble causes and self-sufficiency, two traits that are common among people with high IQs.
Blue eyed people are found to exceed expectations when it comes to strategizing and completing self-paced activities such as academic sciences.
Brown-eyed people are known to be outgoing and vivacious with a kind and loyal personality that loves to engage with new people however there are strongly devoted to the people in their lives that they consider special.
Hazel-eyed people are a determined and imaginative bunch who are strong in the face of adversity however they are know to be rather selfish at times.
Green eyes are the rarest of the eye colors. Green-eyed people carry themselves with an air of unspoken self-sufficiency and are known to be patient and very skilled at controlling their own emotions. They also project sex appeal and perform well under pressure.
Grey eyes are a sign of a person who conforms to society’s standards while being quiet and deceptive.
No two people have the exact eye color or iris pattern. These traits are as unique for every person as their fingerprints. Matt Larsson from Sweden took the study a step farther and got more research by counting the crypts and furrows in his subjects’ eyes and came to the conclusion that a low number of crypts was an indication of warmth, a tender heart and general positive emotions while those that have distinct furrows tended towards impulsive behavior.
A Pinch of Salt
Having seen the information recorded from these studies some brown-eyed people may start to feel inferior while their blue-eyed counterparts now believe themselves to be certified geniuses even if they can’t average a C on their report cards.
Scientists such as Joanna Rowe, a professor at the University of Louisville went on to defend their findings by saying “It is just observed. There is no scientific answer.”
This research makes one think of a similar study conducted by a schoolteacher in Iowa decades ago. She separated her class of all-white third-graders according to eye color, placing those with blue eyes in one group and those with brown eyes in another. She then told each group that they were inferior. Those in the brown-eyed group responded by exhibiting signs of self-loathing and their average grades dropped dramatically. They performed much better after being told that they were in fact superior.
Several years later a social psychology professor at Stanford University named Claude Steele went on to prove in a more scientific manner that the great rift in test scores between white and black students was a not due to genetic differences but rather because people who have been stereotyped their whole lives subconsciously act according to that stereotype.
Taking Professor Steele’s findings into consideration, the findings that relate blue eyes to high IQs don’t hold much weight. Blue eyes only appear in people with Caucasian lineage, especially so among those who can trace their bloodline back to Scandinavia and just about all of the researchers who conducted studies relating intelligence to blue eyes are Caucasian which leads many to question the reliability of these studies. They believe that these professors should have taken the time to address the great potential for self-fulfilling stereotypes in their findings as well as the strong whiff of racism.
While there does seem to be blue-eyed trend among many of history’s greatest minds such as Marie Curie, Nikola Tesla, and Stephen Hawking it does not mean that one must have blue eyes to be an intellectual success. Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Albert Einstein all had brown eyes and they are also considered among the greatest minds there ever where.
This goes to show that while there may be a trend towards higher intelligence quotients among blue-eyed people it is not the only factor that should be considered. As far back as ancient Greece, they believed that a short big toe was a sure sign of heightened intelligence, face-readers will tell you that people with a broad foreheads are intelligent thinkers and contrary to stereotypical beliefs, some studies have found that women with large busts generally tend to be more intelligent.