Intelligence Comes From Your Mother

Samuel Reason | March 19th, 2018

If you are smart and doing well in life, well it may just be one more reason to says thanks to your mom. It seems Mothers have yet another reason to give themselves a well-earned pat on the back. New research published by Psychology Spot shows that a child’s intelligence generally comes from their mother.

And there actually is a very scientific reason behind this statement. If we think about it logically you may assume that intelligence would come from both parents. This does not seem to be the case. Genes all work differently depending on if they come from your mother or father. When it comes to overall intelligence these genes are found on the chromosome X. Since woman carry two X chromosomes and men only carry one, this means a child is more likely to receive their intelligence genes from their mother.

Don’t believe us? Then try this for size, researchers from the Medical Research Council Social unit have been following mothers and their children since 1994. They interviewed over twelve thousand people between the ages of 14 and 22. When they took into account factors like the child’s IQ, education, and socioeconomic status: the best indicator of intelligence was always the mother’s IQ.

Also, there is just a traditional theory about smart moms raise smart kids. It sort of makes sense doesn’t it? In most societies, the mother is the primary caregiving role. Meaning from an early age a child spends more time with his mother. Therefore, a mom creates the first environments of a child’s life: at a pinnacle moment of the child’s brain development.

Don’t just throw Dads under a bus though, it is believed that only 40 to 60 percent of intelligence is hereditary. So that means with a healthy upbringing and great family life, then Dads can also play a crucial role in a child’s development.

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