In what can only be deemed a very controversial move, Associate Professor Denise Guastello at Carroll University in Wisconsin has done what no other researcher has dared do before: determine whether cat people or dog people are smarter.
Our personality traits often indicate whether we favor cats or dogs, but do these traits correlate with our intelligence? According to Associate Professor Guastello's study, they do to some degree, yes.
The study surveyed 600 university students and asked whether they were more dog lovers or cat lovers. Researchers then asked them to list which qualities they liked most about their preferred animal and asked them questions in order to assess their own personalities.
The results found that dog lovers are typically more energetic and outgoing but are also all about following rules. Conversely, the study reported that feline fanatics were non-conformists.
“It makes sense that dog people are going to be more lively, because they're going to want to be out there, outside, talking to people and bringing their dogs," said Guastello. "Whereas if you're more introverted and sensitive, maybe you're more at home reading a book, and your cat doesn't need to go outside for a walk," she continued.
Still, cat lovers may have reason to rebuke this claim. These results come on the heels of another recent study which claimed that cats are friendlier than dogs—a finding that could also translate to owners dispositions as well.
But here’s where we get to the good part. The participants were also asked a range of questions to assess their smarts and, sorry to say, dog lovers, cat lovers came out on top regarding their intelligence.
Now, before you demand a recount, keep in mind this was only a small study. Cat lovers, try not to gloat too hard because before you know it, this theory might be disproved.
This post was written by Amber Manto. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.