Sorry dads kids inherit their intelligence from their mums.


Sorry dads kids inherit their intelligence from their mums.

Many families debate and joke about who the kids get their intelligence from. But now it has turned out that there is actually a scientific reason that kids inherit their intelligence from their mums. The X chromosome is responsible for carrying intelligence it has been shown in multiple studies.

Women have two of these chromosomes (xx) and men have only got one (xy) so mums are twice as likely to pass down intelligence to their children than their fathers are. Several studies have been done over the years to prove this theory. Researchers interviewed kids every year from the age of 14-22 taking into account various factors such as education and socioeconomic status. The researchers found that the best predictor of intelligence was their mothers. And young peoples IQs were only around 15 points different.

But don’t despair dads, you can still play an important role in your children’s emotional and intellectual development by building confidence, playing and teaching them new skills. Not all scientists agree on the x chromosome principle though. Some other researchers think that genetics are not the only factor in determining a child’s intelligence. Psychology Spot believes that 40-60 percent of intelligence is hereditary and the rest comes from our environment.


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