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Fatherhood changes men’s brains, according to a new study

The fathers’ brain changes appeared in regions of the cortex that contribute to visual processing, attention and empathy toward the baby. Image: Unsplash/ Robina Weermeijer

Darby Saxbe
Associate Professor of Psychology, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Magdalena Martínez García
Doctoral Student of Neuroimaging, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón IiSGM
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A pregnant woman shopping.
While the baby grows inside the mother-to-be, biological changes prepare the woman for motherhood. Image: Pexels/ Ivan Samkov

A man holding his baby.
Scientists are interested in what spending more time with a newborn means for a father’s brain. Image: Pexels/ nappy
A man smiling whilst holding his baby.
It’s not clear yet whether simply spending more time parenting changes fathers’ brains or the changes occur in men who are more motivated to spend time parenting. Image: Pexels/ nappy


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