Hey, guess what?! I’m smarter!

So Uncle Lamont sent me this link:  New Moms Experience Mid-brain Growth

Here’s the gist of the article:

“Exploratory research published by the American Psychological Association found that the brains of new mothers bulked up in areas linked to motivation and behavior, and that mothers who gushed the most about their babies showed the greatest growth in key parts of the mid-brain.”

And here are a few other interesting excerpts:

In adults, gray matter volume doesn’t ordinarily change over a few months without significant learning, brain injury or illness, or major environmental change.

The areas affected support maternal motivation (hypothalamus), reward and emotion processing (substantia nigra and amygdala), sensory integration (parietal lobe), and reasoning and judgment (prefrontal cortex).

Women most thrilled by their babies underwent the greatest brain remodeling.”

Since I think WST is the way coolest thing I’ve got going right now, this means I should be bulking up brain matter at high rates!  How about you?

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3 Responses to “Hey, guess what?! I’m smarter!”

  1. Adrienne Says:

    I wonder if they saw an inverse result in parents after the second (or third or fourth) babies. I swear that I lost a hefty chunk of my cognitive abilities after #2 was born.

  2. Robbin K Says:

    If this is true, I am a freaking genius.

  3. wildwoman54 Says:

    @ Adrienne: My sister-in-law says the same thing, with three daughters her PhD in Chemistry seems to have faded away.


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