The saying “mother knows best” is finally backed up by science. 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.
Females have two X chromosomes, while males have one X and one Y chromosome. X chromosomes are known for intellect and since females have two of these genes, then that’s how the research derived to the conclusion that a child’s intelligence is believed to come from the mother.
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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