Men and women are different. It has been long known that pregnancy and motherhood alter women’s brains. What was so far not clear was what happens to the brains of fathers. Recent research has shown that having children rewires fathers’ brains as well.
Mother’s brains change to adapt to the demands of their babies, that is why most brain changes are observed in the prefrontal cortex and limbic regions. The former is involved in complex functions like what’s known as the “theory of mind”, being able to understand someone else’s thoughts, like a baby’s. The latter is more related to emotional processing. Changes in these regions are highlighted by the fact that seeing images of their babies activates mostly these regions in mothers.
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