Have you ever heard the phrase, “you have a face only your mother could love”? Well, I’ve found a study that kinda proves it! … I’m just kidding, but a mother’s love is the purest love one could ever feel and has the ability to change the way a child thinks or feels about themselves, but is it true?
A new study shows that nurturing a child early in life may help him or her develop a larger hippocampus, the brain region important for learning, memory and stress responses…
Studies in children, found a connection between early social experiences and the volume of the amygdala, which helps regulate the processing and memory of emotional reactions. The amygdala is a roughly almond-shaped mass of gray matter inside each cerebral hemisphere, involved with the experiencing of emotions.
Numerous studies also have found that children raised in a nurturing environment typically do better in school and are more emotionally developed than their non-nurtured peers.
Brain images have now revealed that a mother’s love physically affects the volume of her child’s hippocampus. In the study, children of nurturing mothers had hippocampal volumes 10 percent larger than children whose mothers were not as nurturing. Research has suggested a link between a larger hippocampus and better memory.
Researchers placed mother and child in a room along with an attractively wrapped gift and a survey that the mother had to fill out. The children were told they could not open the present until five minutes had passed — basically until their mothers had finished the survey. A group of psychiatrists, who knew nothing about the children’s health or the parents’ temperaments, rated the amount of support the mothers gave to their children.
A mother who was very supportive, for example, would console her child, explaining that the child had only a few more minutes to wait and that she understands the situation was frustrating. The purpose of this setting was an attempt to simulate what everyday life is like and how much support the child receives at home.
STOP, did you watch that video? If not, go back and click it! Grab some tissues.
This is a short clip of a man speaking on the love his mother gave him as a child. It’s really powerful, no it doesn’t involve a mother and her infant, but love only starts there, it continues throughout life. These children are in tears because they are thinking of the love they have and have shared with someone.
SO, the next time you remember a cool school play, or having an awesome 8th birthday party, remember, it’s because you were loved so much!!!