Study Shows That Kids Inherit Their Intelligence From Their Mothers And Science Backs It Up

Mothers will never cease to play outstanding roles in the life of a child. When we think we've seen all there is about the relevance of mothers, new undeniable truths are unearthed.

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Who could have imagined that mothers are mainly responsible for ta child's genetic inherited intelligence and not fathers? This is a conclusion reached by multiple studies.

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According to researchers, the X chromosome carries intelligence and women have two of these chromosomes (XX) while men have only one (XY). Therefore, mothers are twice as likely to pass down intelligence to their children than fathers are.

Furthermore, scientists now believe genes for advanced cognitive functions inherited from the father may be automatically deactivated. A category of genes referred to as conditioned genes are said to work only if they come from the mother in some cases, and from the father in others.

Intelligence is believed to be among the conditioned genes that come from the mother. So, maybe men should pay a greater attention to a woman's intelligence before choosing her as a wife in order to help their kids’ along.  

Over the years, several studies sought to prove the theory. One of such was at the Medical Research Council Social And Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow.

It was revealed that kids’ IQ tend to be similar to their mothers’.  Researchers interviewed 12,686 young people between the ages of 14 and 22 every year, starting back in 1994, and taking into account various factors like education and socioeconomic status. It was discovered that the best predictor of intelligence was the mother's IQ.

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However, genetics is not the only source of intelligence. Only 40-60 percent of intelligence is estimated to be hereditary, while the remaining percentage depends on the environment. Still, mothers play a significant role in this non-genetic part of intelligence, with some studies suggesting that a secured bond between mother and child improves that child's intelligence.

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Researchers at the University Of Washington revealed that children who are supported emotionally and have their intellectual needs fulfilled had a 10 percent larger hippocampus at 13 on average, compared children whose mothers are emotionally distant or absent.

Fathers are not entirely left out as they also have a part to play. It was discovered that a whole array of other genes, like intuition and emotions, can be inherited from the father and they may be a key to unlocking a child's intelligence.

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Both parents need to work together to boost a child's intelligence. Although intelligence is hereditary, it needs to be stimulated or it won't develop. Parents are advised to build a relationship with their kids. A strong bond gives children the security necessary to explore the world and the confidence to fearlessly solve problems.

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