People born in spring are brainier - how seasons of birth influence our personalities

December 2nd, 2007 - 3:30 pm ICT by admin  

London, Dec 2 (ANI): It has been long known that stars guide our life paths and affect our personalities, but according to new studies, it is the season of birth that predisposes individuals to different personalities and qualities.

According to researchers, in the northern hemisphere, women born in May will show more impulsive behaviour while those whose birthday falls in November will be more reflective.

Men born in the spring will also show greater persistence than those born in winter, reports the Telegraph.

Another research has revealed that people born in the autumn are more likely to be physically active and excel in football while those born in the spring will be more intellectual and may be better suited to chess.

The study also says that those born between September and December are more prone to panic attacks while there is growing evidence that schizophrenia is higher among those born in the late winter and early spring.

“It is exactly what you would expect if it were temperature related. Many of the effects reverse in the two hemispheres, said Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire who has examined the effect of the season of birth on whether people feel lucky.

Professor John Eagle, a psychiatrist at Aberdeen University who has studied the links between season of birth and mental health, added: “The two main culprits are diet and the seasonal fluctuations in nutrition, and the increase in infections during the winter. There are genetic factors and other environmental reasons that play a role, so the season of birth is just a contributing factor.”

Astrologers have come down on the findings as evidence that an individual’s personality is influenced by their star sign and justification for millions of people who pore over their horoscopes every day.

However, scientists stress that there are essential biological reasons behind the effects rather than the position of the stars and movement of the planets.

Professor Jayanti Chotai, at Umea University in Sweden, said that levels of crucial hormones produced by a pregnant woman change depending on which season an infant is born, and this could be “hard-wiring” personality traits while a baby is in the womb.

Temperature, infections, light exposure, lifestyle changes and nutrition, which can all change depending on season, are all thought to influence these hormones.

“The variations are explained by the seasonal variations in our solar system. For example, winter has less sunlight and lower temperatures and the epidemics of virus infections are more prevalent, Professor Chotai said. (ANI)

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