IQ is in the genes

How smart you are doesn’t depend on how your parents raised you, a new study concludes.

Their reading to you, talking with you at the dinner table and taking an active interest in your life could make you happy. And that’s important. But it won’t make you smarter, says Kevin Beaver.

As a criminologist,he studies the causes of crime and ways to prevent it. Beaver works at Florida State University in Tallahassee. His research team wanted to know if different parenting styles influenced a child’s intelligence. After all, Beaver notes, “intelligence has been linked to crime.”

Previous research has suggested different types of parenting could affect a child’s IQ. Short for intelligence quotient, IQ is a score that measures human intelligence.

But those earlier data hadn’t separated out the effect of genetics on IQ. Beaver’s team wanted to know: Are children’s IQ scores really affected by how their parents raised them? Or are those scores just a reflection of what genes a child inherited?

To find out, the team pored over information from a study of more than 15,000 U.S. middle- and high-school students. It’s called the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health…

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  • Islam Is a Crock

    l guess that means my kids are screwed as my wife’s gene pool is more like a cess pool ;P

  • truthdareisay

    I once read something totally different with a huge number in that study group as well. Oh well, everyone has to make a buck, I guess.

  • Xavier

    After a lifetime of interest in nearly every type of science, my conclusion is 1) there will be a contradictory study out next week, and 2) everything beyond ‘2+2=4’ is subjective.

    Researchers often hide their true motives and findings inside seemingly innocuous reports. I suspect this report is part of a larger work trying to establish crime as heritable – why else would a criminologist be involved?

    If that’s the case, who would be most offended by the findings? My money’s on the Progressives, who would have major issues if IQ and/or crime data were broken out by race. Plus, Progressives probably provided the funding for the study, so the authors have to obfuscate their non-PC findings.

  • Georgina

    While it is true that IQ is in the genes [“or you could teach a horse to play the piano” R.A.H.] studies of children who grew up away from other adults (ex: http://www.smashinglists.com/10-feral-human-children-raised-by-animals/) show that a failure to encourage a child’s potential can cause a loss of melanisation and a resulting lower objective IQ.
    So while you cannot raise a natural IQ – you can certainly lower it.
    None of this is new.

    • Xavier

      IQ is the size of the empty vessel;
      nurture and experience fill it.

  • Ron MacDonald

    IQ is only one factor, I have a friend who is worth millions I doubt has better than a grade 8 education. His philosophy in life is when I need a university degree I’ll hire someone who has one.

  • G

    I don’t have a lot of confidence in this. It’s just another “studies say…” story. Another one will be along shortly that contradicts this one.

  • DaninVan

    So, basically, IQ is in the jeans… 🙂

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Leave it to Beaver (groan).

  • Chatillon

    IQ is in the genes
    My jeans are in the laundry
    Therefore I have a choice a) my IQ must be brainwashed or b) dirty jeans lead to a dirty mind?

    • Xavier

      Know how to tell a little boy chromosome from a little girl chromosome?

      Pull down its genes.

  • James Hamilton

    Could be true, otherwise how one could explain the mohammedans??