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Children Get Their Intelligence from Their Moms, Study Finds

I guess this is why mother knows best.

It looks like science has officially given moms the more reason to say “mother knows best” with the release of a new study that determined kids get their intelligence from their mama. We often hear parents commenting on which parent their child resembles most, but when it comes to brains — sorry dads, that’s all thanks to mom.

While being academically intelligent is not the only important thing in the world, most parents definitely love and appreciate having smart kids. Whether they admit it or not, it feels awesome to have kids who are not just well-mannered but are also brilliant in school.

According to research, a child’s intelligence is believed to come from the mother, thanks to a little gene known as chromosome X, which packs a powerful punch of intellect. Since females carry two X chromosomes, it’s twice as likely that children will inherit this characteristic from their mother. And if that same gene is inherited from the dad, it switches off.

This information has actually been around for a while. Back in 1994, the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit conducted a study with 12,686 subjects, with ages ranging from 14 to 22. Data collected included IQ of children and parents, along with their race, education, and socioeconomic status.

As you might have already guessed, the study concluded that the best predictor for intelligence was the mother’s IQ. However, dads shouldn’t feel so sad. After all, there’s still a chance their kids actually inherit some intelligence from their dad’s X chromosome.

Without a doubt, the findings of this and related studies about intelligence will continue to be evaluated and scrutinized. After all, no scientific study that makes claims to the development of intellect will ever be fully accepted by all.

Needless to say, if there is one conclusion that can be reached here is that mothers have a significant influence on their children’s cognitive abilities. Dads should get some credit for this, too. Besides, both parties are responsible for helping to create and nurture those incredible children.

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