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​Study proves that the physical presence of a spouse alters how parents’ brains respond to stimuli from children

Published on: 15-May-2020

Parent24 (South Africa) (with CCO video), 15 May

A study led by researchers are NTU Singapore has revealed how the brain activity of 24 husband and wife pairs from Singapore changed in response to recordings of infant stimuli such as crying, when they were physically together and when they were separated. They found that when spouses were physically together, they showed higher similarities in brain responses to the stimuli than when they were separated. Senior author of the study, Assoc Prof Gianluca Esposito explained how the finding is particularly useful for parents who are working from home during this "circuit breaker" period -  as families spend more time together at home as part of social distancing measures in the fight against Covid-19. "The entire family interacting together for an extended period may be stressful," he said, "but parents can take this time to tune into each other's behaviour and emotions while caring for their children."

- Similar article on The Shillong Times (India) 

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