Thanks, Mom: Research Proves We're Smart Because of You

Thanks, Mom: Research Proves We're Smart Because of You

Nature versus nurture is an ongoing debate. Thanks to some new research outlined in recent story on SecondNexus, we can rest easy knowing that we are born with conditioned genes that behave differently based on whether they are inherited from either your mother or your father.   

Interestingly enough, mothers are responsible for transmitting intelligence to their children (which we already knew because your mother is always right). Fear not, dads, genetics are not solely responsible for intelligence. Other factors include the strong bond between mother and child as well as the father's emotional presence.  

Additionally, researchers found that paternal genes tend to accumulate mostly in the limbic system and therefore influence instinct and mood, as well as basic emotions like fear, pleasure, and anger; whereas maternal genes tend to accumulate in the cerebral cortex, which plays a key role in memory, attention, perception, awareness, thought, language, and consciousness.

The good news is that the brain works as a whole, needing both the cerebral cortex and the limbic system to solve even the most basic mathematical equation. 


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