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​Presence of spouse alters how parents’ brains react to children stimuli

Published on: 12-May-2020

The area of the brain the researchers monitored is the prefrontal cortex, which is associated with complex behaviour and emotional states. When similar brain activity in the same area of the brain (i.e. greater synchrony) is observed in two people, it suggests that both are highly attuned to each other’s emotions and behaviours. The senior author of the study, Assoc Prof Gianluca Esposito from NTU’s School of Social Sciences said, “Our study indicates that when spouses are physically together, there is greater synchrony in their attentional and cognitive control mechanisms when parenting.”

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