Are you a particularly smart person? New research suggests that you may want to thank your mother for that. According to a recent genetic breakthrough, a mother’s intelligence can outweigh a father’s when it comes to the child’s natural intellectual abilities.

Studies say intelligence is inherited from the mother, not the father

Women carry two X chromosomes, while men carry one X and one Y. These chromosomes are present in every cell. They contain genetic information that makes us who we are. It is believed that conditioned genes are only activated when they come from a specific father, in this case the mother. Intelligence is believed to be largely on the X chromosome, and is conditioned to be active only when it comes from the mother’s genetic material.

Scientists first tested this theory with the use of genetically modified mice. They found that mice that received mostly maternal genetic material had larger, more active brains, but smaller bodies. Those who received more paternal genetic information showed the opposite effect. Their brains were much smaller, but their bodies were bigger and stronger.

After examining closely, researchers identified six areas of the brain that contained genes from a single parent. Interestingly, they did not find any paternal genetic material in the cerebral cortex. This area of ​​the brain is responsible for many aspects of intelligence, such as language, logic and reasoning, and advanced thinking. Their genetic makeup was found to come exclusively from the mother.

Scientists in Scotland came up with similar findings in a very different way. The researchers followed more than 12,000 young people as they reached adulthood.

Each year, they would interview the subjects and gauge their intellectual development. The researchers explained many factors, including gender, ethnicity, and education. In the end, they concluded that the subject’s IQ (Intellectual Coefficient) was more accurately predicted by his mother’s intelligence.

Spending quality time with children develops their intellect

Of course, a person’s intelligence is not simply a matter of genetics. There are many things a parent can do to stimulate intellectual growth:

  • Read with them
  • Focus on an art project
  • To travel
  • Send them to music classes
  • Learn about another culture together
  • Teach them to cook
  • Build a tree house together
  • Make a habit of eating dinner as a family
  • Share political and philosophical conversations with them

In the end, our genetic information itself is not as important as what we do with it. A father who spends quality time with his children is as valuable as a mother who contributes favorable genetic material.

A mother who passes on great genes, but does nothing to help them flourish, is not as stimulating as a person who does the opposite. Do all you can for your children and hope for the best. Remember that good genes cannot sustain themselves in the complex world that is our children’s education.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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