You’ve probably seen the headlines:
“New research confirms that kids get their intelligence from mom” -GH Sep 12, 2016
“Science says you can thank (or blame) your mum for your intelligence”-Yahoo Sep 14, 2016
“Children inherit their intelligence from their mother not their father, science says”-UK Independent. Oct 7, 2016
But what is this “new research” and what does science really say about the source of our smarts?
It turns out the mother of all these headlines isn’t actually new research at all. These articles refer to a blog post that references studies ranging from 1972 to 2012. We reviewed these studies, contacted the scientists, and dug into the literature on IQ inheritance to figure out what the science really says.
First, intelligence is tough to define. IQ tests clearly don’t reveal a natural ability, because scores improve with practice. And…
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