The study, which appears in this month’s issue of the journal Behavioral Neuroscience finds that women’s brains grow in the months after they give birth, leaving them smarter than they were before.O.K., O.K., I know. From where you sit, it doesn’t feel that way, what with all the absentmindedness and exhaustion, occasional inept moments, fits of anger or crying jags. But the neuroscientist Pilyoung Kim, of the National Institutes of Health, measured the brains of new mothers and found that those who had “positive” interactions with their infants showed “increased gray matter volume in the midbrain,” the region linked to such skills as judgment, reasoning and emotional processing. It’s the same effect previously seen in postpartum lab animals and is likely an evolutionary response to increased demands on a female to keep offspring alive.
Not so stupid
November 2, 2010 by blue milk
Predictably, you might think, I detest the whole ‘baby brain’ idea. So this from here caught my eye this week.
Actually, yes, yes it does feel that way. Mothering works my brain hard and this research result, however preliminary, feels right to me.