Mothers whose responses to infants’ facial cues increase report stronger bonds with babies

A new study forthcoming in the journal Child Development examined whether pregnancy changes mothers’ neural sensitivity to infants’ facial cues, and whether such changes affect mother-infant bonding. The study found that increases in cortical responses to infants’ faces from the prenatal to the postnatal period in individual mothers were associated with more positive relationships with the baby (as reported by the mothers) after birth.

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