Navigation Links
Infants' Faces Trigger Caregiving Impulse in Adults' Brains

TUESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- Seeing a baby's face triggers a response in areas of adults' brains involved with emotion, reward and planning movement, a finding researchers say may indicate a natural inclination to take care of an infant.

Researchers observed this pattern in adults who didn't know the baby and didn't have children of their own.

"These adults have no children of their own. Yet images of a baby's face triggered what we think might be a deeply embedded response to reach out and care for that child," study senior author Marc Bornstein, head of the Child and Family Research Section of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md., said in a news release.

The study is published in the journal NeuroImage.

Researchers in the United States, Germany, Italy and Japan used MRI brain scans to record the brain activity of seven men and nine women as they viewed infant and adult faces, puppy and kitten faces, and full-grown dog and cat faces.

Infant faces evoked more activity in certain brain regions than the other images.

Those areas included the premotor cortex and the supplemental motor area, which are involved in planning speech and movement; the fusiform gyrus, involved in facial recognition; and the insula and cingulate cortices, which are involved with emotional arousal, empathy, attachment and reward.

Prior research has found a similar pattern in parents looking at their own infants.

The surge in brain activity may be what ensures that infants receive the care they need, researchers said.

Yet, this impulse to care for infants may not be found in all adults, which could shed light on why child abuse occurs.

"It's equally important to investigate what's happening in the brains of those who have neglected or abused children," said Bornstein. "Additional studies could help us confirm and understand what appears to be a parenting instinct in adults, both when the instinct functions and when it fails to function."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provides more information on the brain and how it works.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, news release, March 15, 2012

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Women & Infants studying therapies to relieve urinary urge incontinence
2. Faulty Dosing Device Prompts Recall of Infants Tylenol
3. Brain differences seen at 6 months in infants who develop autism
4. Public health insurance offers insured infants better, less costly care than private plans
5. Acid-suppressing medications may be overprescribed for infants
6. Women & Infants participating in National Pelvic Floor Disorders Network
7. Are acid-suppressing drugs prescribed too often in infants?
8. Can breastfeeding reduce pain in preterm infants?
9. Low birthweight infants have five times rate of autism
10. Low birthweight infants five times more likely to have autism
11. Pulse oximetry: A viable screening tool for infants with suspected congenital heart disease
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, as ... of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and to ... one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As lice ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong ... Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. ... to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of ... of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even ... progress toward their goal. , Research from reveals that behind ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... June 19, ... the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity ... who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. ... The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top ... Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)...   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: PULM ... announced today that it was added to the Russell ... comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes on ... milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer Robert ... progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical needs, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Calif. , June 23, 2016 Any dentist ... many challenges of the current process. Many of them do ... of the technical difficulties and high laboratory costs involved. And ... to offer it at such a high cost that the ... it. Dr. Parsa Zadeh , founder of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. ... company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization ... in its ongoing randomized HOPE-Duchenne clinical trial (Halt ... its 24-patient target. Capricor expects the trial to ... 2016, and to report top line data from ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: