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This is your brain on fatherhood: Dads experience hormonal changes too, research shows

15 Jun 2013, 08:58 UTC
This is your brain on fatherhood: Dads experience hormonal changes too, research shows
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The trick to fatherhood has a lot to do with the brain — and how close a dad gets to his kids. At least that's the message from a mounting pile of research into the neurological and hormonal cues that translate into fatherly nurturing. And what better time to keep tha …

Suza Scalora / Getty Images stockResearchers have found ample links between a father's proximity to his children and his levels of hormones associated with nurturing.By Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC NewsThe trick to fatherhood has a lot to do with the brain — and how close a dad gets to his kids. At least that's the message from a mounting pile of research into the neurological and hormonal cues that translate into fatherly nurturing. And what better time to keep that message in mind than on Father's Day?"Mothers have an advantage, in that the hormones of pregnancy give them a head start and get them primed to be nurturing," said James Rilling, an anthropologist at Emory University who specializes in studying the neurological basis of social behavior. "In particular, when women give birth, there's a big surge of oxytocin, and oxytocin is also released during breastfeeding. Fathers don't ...

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