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Fatherhood boosts male brains

Written on July 26, 2006 by Kevin.

Here is a quote from a recent NewScientist.com article that I came across...

"Fatherhood produces changes in very high-cognitive-level areas," said Kozorovitskiy at a meeting of the Forum of European Neurosciences in Vienna, Austria, last week. The nerve enhancements may reflect changes in the reward system, she suggests, encouraging the father to bond and care for the infant. It could be the neural basis of parenting, she says.

I think that many parents would possibly have to disagree with this. I know from my personal experience that the moment Rylan came into this world, I felt like a part of my brain had gone missing. I now seem to forget more basic things and more than likely just walk around with little going through my head.

I father Rylan the best that I can including changing diapers, feeding and lots of playtime. My job, when done right is to stimulate Rylan's brain as well as my own. From what I can tell, I have the fatherly gene. I may not have known this in the past but now that Rylan is here, I enjoy my time with him as much as I hope that he enjoys it with me. This is the road towards stimulation to the "high-cognitive-level areas".

People always say that its tough to get money but certainly easy to get rid of it. The same rule applies for your brain. The tough part is trying to figure out how to take the least amount of drop and how to bounce back up. It is just another step in parenting.

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So father's gain nerve enhancements in their reward system that allows for better bonding. Well I don't think that system includes general thinking, rational thinking or memory function, which seem to be greatly impaired for a long time, though don't put too much stock in what I say, I'm no Neurosciencetologist.

Written by Jessica on Jul 26, 2006

Wait a second...I didn't mean that father's brain's are impaired in other ways, I was speaking for myself on that one. I never understood men's brains or their reasonings.

Written by Jessica on Jul 26, 2006

I think the changes in the brain indicate an evolution from selfishness and thinking with our "little head" to now having to think for someone other than ourselves. We have to anticipate our kids' every step and be ready to jump in front of a train or stop a bullet to save them. I truly found out what that meant once I had kids.

Written by phil on Jul 28, 2006

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