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Mom’s love good for child’s brain | Washington University in St. Louis

Mom’s love good for child’s brain | Washington University in St. Louis | Relationships | Scoop.it

Mom's love good for Children's Brains

School-age children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory and response to stress. 

The new research, by child psychiatrists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is the first to show that changes in this critical region of children’s brain anatomy are linked to a mother’s nurturing. 


Read Summary here. Read full text: Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 13, 2013 11:10 PM

The importance of maternal nurtuing has been long proven for rats and primates, and now we know that children who experience nurturing in their early years have a larger hippocampus, by 10%. This is actually a followup study on a study on depression in preschoolers when they were ages 3 to 5. Brain images of these same children were taken when they were between 7 and 10. They evaluated the degree of maternal nuturance when the children were younger and compared the results to the brain imaging. .  This  study suggests a clear link between nurturing and the size of the hippocampus. 

What's the hippocampus? One of the most important parts of the human brain especially since it sits right in the middle of our animal brain (limbic system) which is involved in managing emotion, threat detection, behavior, motivation and memory.  Amy Fuller PhD


Hat tip to Donald Cooper for posting this on the Achieve Balance Linked Group


Read Summary here. Read full text: Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age

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Teach Empathy Through Relationships

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Teach Empathy Through Relationships

We need to call attention to the role of healthy relationships in education. Then we need a way to bring rigor to the continuous pursuit of building them.

Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

A school started a lab to investigate empathy in education and discussed what they label the fourth "R"after reading, writing and 'rithmatic which is Relationships. An interesting discussion about empathy follows. 

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