A report by Psychology Spot has given a new meaning to the Will.I.Am song ‘I got it from my mama’, as it claims that children actually do inherit intelligence from their mums.
In a recent discovery, scientists have found the intelligence genes are actually carried in the X chromosomes, meaning that it is more likely children inherit their intelligence from their mothers, who carry two X chromosomes.
It turns out they are not the only scientists to recognise this relationship. Researchers at the University of Ulm in Germany studied the genes involved in brain damage and found that most of these, especially those related to cognitive abilities were found in the X chromosome.
Also, a study by the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Services Unit in Glasgow, Scotland studied 12,686 young people and found that the best predictor of intelligence was the IQ of the mother. They also found the young people’s IQ only varied an average of 15 points to that of their mothers.
So, there you have it! If you have a little genius on your hands, turns out you’ve got yourself to thank!
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