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​Physical presence of spouses can alter each other's brain activity

Published on: 12-May-2020

A study led by NTU Singapore researchers has revealed how the physical presence of spouses who are co-parenting can alter each other's brain activity. The researchers used functional Near-infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), a non-invasive optical imaging technique to measure the brain signals based on the level of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood in the brain. Prior to the experiment, couples answered a questionnaire that aims to measure how often the mother or father takes the lead in co-parenting. The NTU research team compared the couple's brain activity to calculate brain-to-brain synchrony and found that couples showed greater degree of synchrony when they were together than separated. This degree of similar brain activity was found to be unique to real couples and was not observed between randomly matched couples. The paper's first author Ms Atiqah Azhari, an NTU PhD candidate at the SAN-Lab said, "Our study brings us a step closer in uncovering how the parental brain may be shaped by the physical presence of the co-parenting spousal partner."
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