Mom’s love good for child’s brain

23 September, 2012 at 11:54 | Posted in Body & Mind, Children, Science, Society | 2 Comments
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By Jim Dryden

School-age children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory and response to stress.

The new research, by child psychiatrists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is the first to show that changes in this critical region of children’s brain anatomy are linked to a mother’s nurturing.

Their research is published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition.

“This study validates something that seems to be intuitive, which is just how important nurturing parents are to creating adaptive human beings,” says lead author Joan L. Luby, MD, professor of child psychiatry. “I think the public health implications suggest that we should pay more attention to parents’ nurturing, and we should do what we can as a society to foster these skills because clearly nurturing has a very, very big impact on later development.”

Read more: Mom’s love good for child’s brain | Newsroom | Washington University in St. Louis

See also: Mom’s love good for child’s brain – The Times of India

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  1. This seems like it makes perfect sense : the more you care for someone, the better they turn out in life:)

    • Absolutely, as long as they don’t get spoilt by letting them have everything they want 🙂


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