Dads worldwide are hanging their heads on the news that scientists believe that you actually get your intelligence from your mom. Up until now, it has been generally believed that both parents played an equal part in their progenies intelligence.
Although this research is considered very controversial, scientists believe that intelligence comes from the X chromosome. This chromosome has shown to have over a thousand different genes, and many of them are thought to impart more on the child’s cognitive attributes much more than the mans Y chromosome.
A chromosome is a structure that carries genetic information. Females have two X chromosomes, males have one X and one Y chromosome. It is through the genetic information, obtained from each parent, that we become who we are—physically and intellectually.
Genes within these chromosomes, called conditioned genes, are what determine our gender in specific. Conditioned genes are classified as either activated or deactivated. The activated genes are the ones that will determine genetic development, whereas the deactivated genes will not.
With this in mind, basically if an individual has a specific characteristic that came from the mother, the paternal genes are deactivated, and visa versa. The way in which these conditioned genes play a part in intellectual development form the very basis for this intelligence study.
Intelligence is known to be a highly-conditioned gene and one that comes directly from the mother of the child. This idea is not a new one, as the University of Cambridge studied this every subject in 1984. The study involved both the child’s brain development and genomic conditioning. The scientists concluded that the mother’s genetics contributed more to the thought centers of the child’s brain than did the fathers.
Scientists are sure to evaluate and scrutinize the findings, as not all will accept them totally. But, from what has been found so far, the mother plays a much larger part in her offsprings intelligence than once thought. It turns out the playing field is not an even one after all.