How a mother’s love changes her child’s brain growth

Researchers have found that a mother’s nurturing love physically fosters the growth of a region in the child’s brain that is key to learning, memory and responding to stress.

In a study funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, the researchers found that some children had a hippocampus almost 10% larger than their peers whose mothers who didn’t show as much care. The brain’s hippocampus is important for learning, memory and coping with stress.

While almost 97% of the caregivers in the study were mothers, the researchers point out these effects would probably apply to the primary caregiver.


SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (January 2012)

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