Sorry Fathers But Recent Scientific Research Suggests Intelligence In Children Comes From Their Mother Sorry Fathers But Recent Scientific Research Suggests Intelligence In Children Comes From Their Mother
Mothers have always been good at passing on advice, but now it seems they are also likely to be the ones responsible for how... Sorry Fathers But Recent Scientific Research Suggests Intelligence In Children Comes From Their Mother

Mothers have always been good at passing on advice, but now it seems they are also likely to be the ones responsible for how intelligent their children are.

Recent scientific research suggests that rather than intelligence being genetically inherited from both their parents, it comes from their mother.

Writing a post for the Psychology Spot blog, American psychologist Jennifer Delgado states that studies have shown that intelligence genes originate from the X chromosome, of which women have two (men are made up of XY).

“At the basis of this idea are ‘conditioned genes’ that behave differently depending on their origin,” she writes. “Some of these affected genes work only if they come from the mother. If that same gene is inherited from the father, it is deactivated.”

As well studies from Germany and the University of Cambridge, Delgado points to a longitudinal study conducted by the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow, Scotland.

“They interviewed every year since 1994, 12,686 young people aged between 14 and 22 years. The researchers took into account several factors, from the colour of the skin and education to socio-economic status.

“This way they found that the best predictor of intelligence was 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.”

Fortunately Dads, all this evidence doesn’t suggest that paternal genes don’t have any effect on intelligence. Other studies have shown that a father’s genes accumulate in the limbic system of the brain, which is responsible for mood and instinct, and controls basic functions like sex, hunger and aggression.

In contrast, the mother’s cells are in the cerebral cortex, where cognitive functions reside like memory, thought, perception and language.

 

Source: EssentialBaby

Nkasiobi Chukwu

  • Jerline mcgee

    2017-05-01 #1 Author

    I can agree with this statement because as mothers we ten to focus more important things and discipline our children ..while the dad’s just wanna good around with the children

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  • Tashi Lhamo Rinzin

    2017-05-01 #2 Author

    As babies have to stay inside mothers womb for 9 months I think this phrase has a point. I love this quote anyhow.

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  • Andraya

    2017-05-01 #3 Author

    I definitely agree!!

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  • Ebonee

    2017-05-01 #4 Author

    Being a single mother does come with its perks lol

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  • Denzirah

    2017-05-01 #5 Author

    I believe this is a true statement

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  • Deliah

    2017-05-01 #6 Author

    This is so true !

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  • Shalaunda Lamb Mosley

    2017-05-01 #7 Author

    Since they do grow in the mother for 9 months this article of course is very much understandable.

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  • Lindee

    2017-05-01 #8 Author

    Yes baby’s take after there mother’s as well as daddy’s to . love the title of this article

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  • Delorny

    2017-05-01 #9 Author

    I think this is true because mothers are closer to their babies than fathers I agree

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  • Moriah

    2017-05-02 #10 Author

    I believe that children get traits from both… Like my daughter is a wiz in math… I’ve never been good at It but her father is.. My son is great in science and that’s a strong point of mine.

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  • Jasmine Coffey

    2017-05-02 #11 Author

    I agree with this because while moms are pregnant they have a strong bond with their baby ‘ as far as reading to the baby , talking to the baby and rubbing their bellies . When babies get to the point where they start to hear their parents voice ‘ they intake so much and they don’t understand it yet but they’re in the process of being very intelligent especially because the moms take time to interact with their babies.

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