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Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 4:31pm.

If you're the oldest sibling living in your house there's new information that pertains to you. You might really be smarter than your brothers and sisters. New research has some surprising answers for those who are the oldest sibling in the house. Birth order has been linked with many personality traits over the years. First-born children are said to be more obedient, hard-working, and high-achieving, while younger children are reportedly more easy-going, creative and sociable. But a new study finds that first-born children may have a slight edge in intelligence. Researchers looked at the results of intelligence tests on a quarter-million young men in Norway. They found that first-born children scored an average of 2.3 points higher than later-born children. But curiously, boys who had been thrust into the role of the first born by the death of an older sibling also had higher IQs. To researchers this suggests that the difference in intelligence does not come from what happens in the womb but from children's social positioning within the family. First-born children often shoulder more responsibility and parents frequently have higher expectations of their first child in terms of achievement. Scientists also theorize that older children often act as teachers to the younger ones, and in doing so, first-borns may strengthen their mental abilities. We wanted to put that to the test and see what siblings around here have to say about where they fall in line in their family tree. People we spoke with today weren't shy about sharing how they really feel about having that older or younger sibling. We took to the streets of Wilmington to ask siblings some questions. For one: what's it like being the oldest? First-born child Kayla Ford said, "It gets annoying because I get blamed for everything." Rachel Jackson said, "I get some more responsibilities but I also get to do some stuff first. Like, I'm going to start driving this year and she has to wait for that." Younger sister Emily Jackson said, "Some things I can get away with since she's older and I'm younger." Despite the disagreements these siblings were glad to have each other. Emily said, "I just think she's a pretty cool person. I'm glad she's my sister."

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