Science Confirms Children Inherit Their Intelligence From Their Mothers. That’s right, your sharp brain comes from your mom!
Children Inherit Their Intelligence From Their Mothers
There is really no getting away from that we inherit a lot from our parents, and even grandparents. But when it comes to intelligence, things get a little interesting. Because now studies have shown that it is mothers, to a much larger extent than fathers, that are responsible for the transmission of the intelligence genes.
A new study published in Psychology Spot found that when it comes to intelligence, kids get their smarts from their mothers. And the explanation as to why this is is pretty simple.
Children are more likely to inherit intelligence from the mother, because intelligence genes are located on chromosome X.
A 1984 study at the University of Cambridge analyzed the co-evolution of the brain and the conditioning of the genome, to conclude that the maternal genes contribute most to the development of the thought centers in the brain.
A few years later, another study revealed that most of children’s intelligence depends on the X chromosome, and since women have two X chromosomes are twice as likely to inherit the characteristics related to intelligence.
More recently, researchers at the University of Ulm, Germany, studied the genes involved in the brain damage and found that many of these, especially those related to cognitive abilities, were on chromosome X. In fact, what they said was that it is no coincidence that the mental illness is 30% more common in males.
But perhaps, one of the most interesting results comes from an analysis by the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in the US. In this study they interviewed 2,686 young people aged between 14 and 22 years over a period of several years. The researchers took into account several factors, from the color of the skin and education to socio-economic status, and found that the best predictor of intelligence was indeed the IQ of the mother. In fact, the ratio of young people’s intelligence varied only an average of 15 points from that of their mothers.
According to science, we can assume that as much as 40-60% of intelligence is hereditary.
But that also means that the remaining percentage depends on other factors, like environment and stimulation. A strong emotional connection to both mother and father influences both rational thinking function, intuition and emotions in children, and while the IQ you are born with is important, it is not decisive. Having parents who are emotionally present, however, is, and will greatly influence a child’s development and persona.
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