A Mother’s Mood Can Change With A Smile From Their Baby

July 8, 2008

A new study published by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has revealed that a mother's mood can improve by just seeing their baby smile..Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study published by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has revealed that a mother’s mood can improve by just seeing their baby smile.

Researchers conducted MRI scans on the brains of first-time moms, watching to see how they reacted to pictures of their babies.

What they found was that when a mother saw a picture of their own baby smiling, the activity in their brain increased significantly and caused them ot be in a better mood.

The increase in brain actitvity was linked to the reward area of the brain. This same activity was not seen when the baby pictures depicted them being sad or down.

The study has been published in the journal Pediatrics.


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