Older dads have ‘geekier’ sons

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New King’s College London examine suggests that sons of comparison fathers are some-more intelligent, some-more focused on their interests and reduction endangered about wise in, all characteristics typically seen in ‘geeks’.

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While prior examine has shown that children of comparison fathers are during a aloft risk of some inauspicious outcomes, including autism and schizophrenia, this new examine published in Translational Psychiatry suggests that children of comparison fathers might also have certain advantages over their peers in educational and career settings.

The researchers from King’s College London and The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment during a Icahn School of Medicine during Mount Sinai in a United States collected behavioural and cognitive information from 15,000 UK-based twin pairs in a Twins Early Development Study (TEDS).

When a twins were 12 years old, they finished online tests that totalled ‘geek-like’ traits, including non-verbal IQ, clever concentration on a theme of seductiveness and levels of amicable aloofness. Parents were also asked either their child cares about how they are viewed by their peers and if they have any interests that take adult estimable infancy of their time. Using this information, a researchers computed a ‘geek index’ for each child in a study.

Overall, aloft geek index scores were reported in a sons of comparison fathers. This outcome persisted after determining for parent’s social/economic status, education and employment. In addition, they found that ‘geekier’ children do improved in propagandize exams, quite in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, several years after their geek index was measured.

Dr Magdalena Janecka from King’s College London and The Seaver Autism Center during Mount Sinai, said: ‘Our examine suggests that there might be some advantages compared with carrying an comparison father. We have famous for a while about a disastrous consequences of modernized consanguine age, though now we have shown that these children might also go on to have improved educational and career prospects.’

Although a examine did not directly examine a purpose of environmental factors, there are a series of intensity reasons because comparison fathers might have ‘geekier’ sons. For example, comparison fathers are expected to have some-more determined careers and a aloft socioeconomic standing than younger fathers, definition that their children might be brought adult in some-more enriched environments and have entrance to improved schooling.

These formula also have implications for bargain links between aloft consanguine age, autism and characteristics typically seen in ‘geeks’. Although a researchers could not magnitude it directly, they hypothesize that some of a genes for geekiness and for autism are overlapping, and that those genes are some-more expected to be benefaction in comparison fathers. Dr Janecka added: ‘When a child is innate usually with some of those genes, they might be some-more expected to attain in school. However, with a aloft ‘dose’ of these genes, and when there are other contributing risk factors, they might finish adult with a aloft proclivity for autism. This is upheld by new examine display that genes for autism are also related with aloft IQ.’

Source: King’s College London

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