Science confirms: Children get their intelligence from the mother

A good parent loves their children – no matter what choices they make in life. Of course, it doesn’t matter if your child is gifted and talented or just normal like everyone else.

However, is it possible that you are the proud mother of a gifted child? Then you can give yourself a pat on the back. A new study that shows we inherit the genes that enclose the intelligence from our mothers.

Who knows? – some families have probably figured it out already!

Sometimes, men are completely hopeless – and it feels like they really need support from the women with them to get through life. However, there may be a reason to be happy that it’s this way – research shows it’s primarily the mother’s intelligence that passes on to the children.

Positive parts from the father as well

Researchers posted the study on the site Psychology Spot. In the article, the authors talk about “conditioned genes” that have a biochemical tag which enables their source to be tracked and even reveals if they are active or not in the descendant cells.


“Some of these conditioned genes work only if they come from the mother. If that same gene is inherited from the father, it is deactivated. Obviously, other genes work the opposite and are activated only if they come from the father,” explained the study.

In other words, there is also a positive lesson for fathers out there – the children can inherit their strengths and skills too. They just are more inclined to take after the mother intelligence – according to the report.

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Other things affect the process

The fact that intelligence has a hereditary element is well known. However, we have long believed that these genes come from both parents. However, Psychology Spot explains that several studies revealed the same thing – children are more likely to inherit intelligence from the mother because intelligence genes are located on chromosome X.

At the same time, it’s important to emphasize that 40-60% of the intelligence is hereditary. The remaining part is, among other things, determined by the environment in which the child grows up, how often and to what extent the brain receives stimulation, and by the person’s own characteristics.


Many will argue that this is unnecessary research. It’s obvious that it’s the woman who contributes with intelligence in most homes. The men are good at so many things, but mothers of talented children can brag a little more. It’s mostly thanks to them!

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