Sunday, June 15, 2014

The science of fatherhood for Father's Day

To celebrate the holiday, here are the two lead stories from Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Fathers Day) on Daily Kos.  Under the "if it moves it leads" policy, the video from Discovery News goes first.

The Science Of Stay-At-Home Dads!

LiveScience explains 5 Ways Fatherhood Changes a Man's Brain By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer, on June 14, 2014 11:21am ET.
Fatherhood can change a man's life. It also changes his brain, in ways that it seems to equip dads with the very same "baby sense" that's often attributed to moms.

From an animal kingdom perspective, human dads are unusual. They belong to a group of less than 6 percent of mammal species in which fathers play a significant role in rearing offspring. In these species, paternal care often involves the same behaviors as maternal care, with the exception of nursing.

But how does fatherhood change a man's brain? Science has only recently delved into the neural and hormonal mechanisms of paternal care, but so far the evidence suggests that mothers' and fathers' brains use a similar neural circuitry when taking care of their children. Moms and dads also undergo similar hormonal changes that are linked to their brain and behavior changes.
Once again, Happy Fathers Day!


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  2. For this year's entry about Father's Day, read A drink for Father's Day on the Summer Solstice, which also features Darth Vader. For last year's post, surf over to The science of Father's Day. Finally, there is an image of Luke and Leia picking out a Father's Day card for Anakin Skywalker in Happy Father's Day!