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27th Sep 2021

Apparently, kids get their intelligence from their mums (science backs it up)

Melissa Carton

Children get their intelligence from their mums rather than their dads and there’s a scientific reason why.

For a long time it was believed that a child’s inherited intelligence was 50/50 from each of their parents but it seems that is not the case.

The reason for this is due to where the intelligence gene is located.

It is estimated that between 40 to 60 per cent of intelligence is hereditary and according to science, most of it comes from our mothers.

The intelligence genes are located on chromosome X, which a mother has two of but that fathers only have one of.

Because of this it is more likely that the gene will pass down through the mother.

According to Phycology Spot;

 “Mother’s genes go directly to the cerebral cortex, those of the father to the limbic system.”

The cerebral cortex is the largest region of the cerebrum in our brain and plays a key role in our memory, perception, cognition, thought, language, and consciousness.

As well as genetics, the emotional connections that we have with our mothers also shape our intelligence with experts finding that the stronger the bond is between a mother and their child, the smarter the child becomes.

So there you have it mums, you can officially say ‘they get that from me’ whenever your kid brings home a ‘student of the week’ certificate.

But let’s face it, we sort of knew it all along.