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​Presence of spouses who are co-parenting can alter each other's brain activity: Study

Published on: 17-May-2020

Vanakkam Tamilnadu (India)

When spouses, who are co-parenting, are together, they show higher similarities in brain responses to the infant stimuli than when they are separated, suggests a novel study. The study led by researchers at NTU Singapore was published in the journal Scientific Reports. 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. Senior author of the study Assoc Prof Gianluca Esposito said, "Since the brain response of parents may be shaped by the presence of the spouse, 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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