DMIA Brain Capacity Test can help parents give their child a good “head start”

An increasing number of parents are taking their children, as young as one year-old, for the Dermatoglyphics Multiple Intelligence Analysis (DMIA). The 10-minute analysis, costing Rs 5,000, aims to unveil one’s genetic potential based on a study of the ridge patterns on the tips of one’s fingers.


Adhyayan was just two and a half. His parents were inquisitive about ‘inborn intelligence’ when they came across DMIA test.
Each of Adhyayan’s tubby little fingers was placed on a small biometric scanner connected to a computer and the prints ran through a software programme. A few days later, a 32-page report detailing Adhyayan’s personality type, innate abilities (is he ‘word smart’ or ‘number smart’?) and ‘best-suited’ career options were mailed to his father. “It is too early to think about Adhyayan’s career but it is still good to have a heads up. The world is becoming very competitive,” says the father, a resident of Delhi.

What is DMIA?

Various researchers developed the DMIA test in Taiwan in the 1990s. Although, there is a dispute regarding the creator, it has been gaining ground across Asia, the US and Australia only in the past few years. It came to India in mid-2011, and is administered by several all-India companies aptly named Telescope Solutions, Brain Wonders, Thumbrule and few more.

The test has received the best response from tier two and three cities, say its promoters.
More than 50% of those tested are children under nine and majority of them are three to six years old. The DMIA test can benefit people of any age — many teens undergo it to decide on a career and some retired persons have opted for it to determine a ‘second career’ path. However, companies say the test’s utility is optimized when taken at the toddler stage. “Ninety per cent of our brain’s development takes place till the age of five,” says research, revealing that early profiling enables parents to tailor a child’s learning experiences to maximize strengths and overcome weaknesses.

What does the report state?

The DMIT report tells parents whether their child learns better by ‘seeing, hearing or doing’, whether he has high or low inborn learning capacity (short-term memory), how long it takes for his mind to process information and so on. This, coupled with the finding about his dominant type of intelligence (there are eight listed ones, including linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, kinesthetic, musical, naturalist, inter-personal and intrapersonal) can help parents give their child a good “head start”, say companies. “If a child is good at communication but bad in logical analysis, he can be a trainer, teacher or lawyer. But if parent starts working towards improving logic at an early age, more doors will open for the child in the future,” says research.

The report is accompanied by a counselling session where pointers are given. For instance, a chess class is beneficial for a child with poor logical-intelligence, or visual learners can benefit if colourful markers are used to highlight important text.

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