MOTHERS' BRAINS ARE HARDWIRED TO RESPOND TO CRYING BABIES
We’re all familiar with “mommy brain” – the forgetful state of mind new moms experience after giving birth. It’s a real thing: scientists have discovered that pregnancy does change the architecture of the brain for at least two years. Now, a new study suggests that maternal brains also adapt so that mothers can quickly respond to a baby’s crying – and that their brain responses are different from those of women who do not have children. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health watched the behavior of 684 mothers with babies aged around five months old in 11 different countries. They found that mothers around the world tend to react the same way to their bawling child — by picking up and talking to their baby — and that the way they respond seems to be hardwired into their brain circuits. You can read the full study here.