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

Published on: 12-May-2020

The physical presence of spouses enhances brain-to-brain synchrony in co-parenting couples, according to a new study by NTU Singapore. The study involved 24 pairs of husband and wife from Singapore. Scientists examined how the presence of a co-parenting spouse influences brain-to-brain synchrony when attending to salient infant and adult vocalizations. They found that brain-to-brain synchrony would be greater in the presence of a spousal partner. Senior author of the study, NTU Assoc Prof Gianluca Esposito, who holds a joint appointment in the School of Social Sciences and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, said, “Since the presence of the spouse may shape the brain response of parents, then it is likely that spouses who do not spend much time together while attending their children may find it harder to understand each other’s viewpoint and have reduced ability to coordinate co-parenting responsibilities. This may undermine the quality of parental care in the long run.”

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