We often heard people saying that we get our intelligence from our mothers. Many would not agree especially the fathers. But research conducted by Psychology Spot revealed that most likely the intelligence of a child comes from the mother.

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Scientifically, both parents are contributors to genes, thus a child would inherit from both parents. However, genes from the father or the mother function differently.

The X chromosomes are responsible for identifying intelligence. A woman carries two X chromosomes. The man carries the X and Y chromosomes. Since there are two X chromosomes present in women, there’s a great possibility that the main source of the intelligence genes comes from the mother.

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In a study conducted by the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, the mother’s IQ is the best factor to determine the child’s intelligence. Another thing that stimulates the intelligence of a child is because mothers are their first teachers.

This means that if an intelligent mother spends more time with her kids, she will pass her intelligence to the children. Being the first teacher and main caregiver of the children, mothers play a big role in the brain development of the child.

On the other hand, research also shows that intelligence is only 40 to 60% hereditary. Environmental factors are also a big contributing factor. That’s why hands-on fathers helping the lessons of his children can also impart his intelligence to the kids.

Likewise, other factors that affect the intelligence of a child is the race, socioeconomic status, and education also play a significant role in the development of a child’s intelligence. So, mother’s make sure that your intelligence genes are at par because your children will inherit it and their future may depend on it. However, if in case your child’s intelligence is not so good, there are other ways that can help increase the IQ.

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