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According to the new study, hearing the cry of an infant activates brain areas associated with movement and speech, and certain brain and behavioral patterns are universal across many cultures. In other words, the crying of babies triggered the moms’ brains to move and prepare to talk, even before the mothers had necessarily processed what was happening and what they needed to do. A new MRI study finds that mothers’ brains are hardwired to comfort crying babies. The mother and baby relationship may be more complex than previously thought. The new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science journal observed the brains of 684 mothers in 11 countries and how they respond to their crying babies with the.

Each mom, when hearing her baby cry, had virtually the same brain activity which spurred her to move, speak and respond to the child. The researchers concluded that mothers are inherently “hard-wired” to hear and respond to an infant’s cry. Mothers’ brains have a different level of sensitivity to crying babies. In humans and in mice, dads often respond to a baby’s cries, but the brain chemistry is a little different: According to Froemke, extra oxytocin doesn’t speed up the reaction to crying pups in male mice the way it does for females.

In women’s brains, there was a decrease in activity in two areas known to be active during mind wandering — the dorsal medial prefrontal and posterior cingulate areas. By contrast, these regions in. In human mothers, such as the women in the new study, oxytocin and other brain chemicals could be at play in reinforcing the urgency of responding to a crying baby, Froemke said. First this suggests that VD mothers are more sensitive to own baby‐cry than CSD mothers in the early postpartum in sensory processing, empathy, arousal, motivation, reward and habit‐regulation circuits.

Second, independent of mode of delivery, parental worries and mood are related to specific brain activations in response to own baby‐cry. A study found that the so-called “cuddle hormone”, oxytocin, which surges following childbirth, changes the way auditory signals are processed in.

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It makes sense, then, that for many babies in the first 16 weeks, insufficient sensory stimulation is experienced as an absence, or a hunger, which makes them cry.

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from The Discontented Little Baby Book
by Pamela Douglas
University of Queensland Press, 2014

The mother grows in her respon­siveness to her baby’s cries, distinguishing her baby’s cry from that of other new­borns by the third day after birth, and distinguishing pain, hunger, and boredom cries by the end of the second week.

“When the Body Is the Target: Self-Harm, Pain, and Traumatic Attachments” by Sharon Klayman Farber
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by Sharon Klayman Farber
Jason Aronson, Incorporated, 2002

They may think that responding each time the infant cries causes the baby to cry to get attention.

“Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing E-Book” by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing E-Book
by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

Parents should stimulate all the senses—place bright, intriguing objects around the nursery, play music, and show babies things, because “every time a baby responds to a stimulus, the brain stores the experience.”

“The Myth of the First Three Years: A New Understanding of Early Brain Development and Lifelong Learning” by John T. Bruer
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by John T. Bruer
Free Press, 1999

Babies may stop crying if they are quickly picked up rather than left to cry, soothed and put to the shoulder but it takes detective work for parents to understand why the baby is crying.

“Physiology in Childbearing: With Anatomy and Related Biosciences” by Dorothy Stables, Jean Rankin
from Physiology in Childbearing: With Anatomy and Related Biosciences
by Dorothy Stables, Jean Rankin
Elsevier Health Sciences UK, 2010

Prior to 6 months of age, the neural processes are not mature enough to enable the baby to manipulate the carer; to think ‘if I cry I will get my mother to come to see to me’.

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by Sue Macdonald
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

When the mother leaves her left brain’s agenda behind and follows her right-brained instincts to simply calm and relax her infant, only then can her feelings coincide with the baby’s, and the two right brains begin to resonate as one.

“Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants” by Catherine Watson Genna
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by Catherine Watson Genna
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The sound, smell, and feel of the mother sometimes appear promptly in response to crying, but sometimes do not.

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Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Further analysis of Ainsworth’s data revealed that the mothers who responded quickly and warmly to their babies’ cries during the early months of life not only tended to have securely attached babies at the end of the first year but babies who cried less as well.

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by Robert Karen
Oxford University Press, 1998

Because a newborn lacks extensively organized neurological connections and myelination, the brain is unable to effectively suppress a cry related to hunger or pain.

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by Jack O. Balswick, Pamela Ebstyne King, Kevin S. Reimer
InterVarsity Press, 2016

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  • She kept calling her son “the baby” or “this baby” that made me really sad. seemed like she had no connection with him. Thank God for your help or else that poor baby’s life would not be as good.

  • I think this is very important for maternal depression Women need to know the impact of being unresponsive, so they can choose to be responsive in those situations even if it is painful

  • Her who? Baby or mother?
    It was obviously frustrating for the baby, though it was really just a very short moment.
    But you can also sense the mother getting increasingly nervous, specially toeards the end. By observing her neck breathing and the eye blinking.

  • I made this mistake.. constantly trying to put him down, to get stuff done. Till I have in and just played with and cuddled him whenever he wanted! I figured I have a lot of time in my life to do house work. He’s only a baby once’

  • I think this is the root of my problems in my early childhood, it made me cry and I am 40.
    This is harming the child.
    I had innerchild therapy and these people were amazing, they restore this what the doctor said ”they’re stuck in that really ugly situation”

  • A very good example on how much a child needs love. If you have been brought up by a mother who is addicted to drugs or alcohol or has mental health problems “The still face” is what you see every day of your life.

  • Omg I have to say that when the mother turned away and then turned back with a really cold face, i was kinda freaked out. And I actually started to tear up a bit when the baby got sooo distressed over time. It was really a great fascinating experiment, but so hard to watch!

    I’m watching this for my Social Science class btw

  • “parent lost volume in part of the brain associated to day dreaming” sounds to me like the dying of all life dream of the parent in question…

  • This is what I am basing my assertion on that moms suffering from depression will have a hard time being present for their baby’s communications. 

  • I can’t remember my mother ever playing with me or being..happy. She usually only talked to me if she thought I did something wrong. I basically had the still-faced mother for a lot longer than one minute.

  • She must not have had experience with babies previously. Most people would have a pretty good idea about toys. There are tons of books that tell you all about development. There is more going on with her than normal!

  • What causes the changes? Is it a psychological response to having a kid or a physiological one based on some type of activity done w/ the child?
    Or something else

  • I’m doing child psychology with the open university and not taking much in at all. Distance learning is proving difficult for me personally, that being said these videos (although not linked by the Uni) are proving to be a godsend when helping simplify the heavy text reading. Thank you!!!!

  • Same-sex couples are not scientifically viable, not even evolutionarily speaking, so no, real scientists should NOT waste their time studying such nonsense.

  • Yes. This experiment has been replicated dozens of times, always with largely the same results. The age range varies as well, with children ranging from about 4 to 12 months all showing the same basic pattern of behavior in this experiment.

  • As someone else pointed out, multiple variables changed. Not only did the mom’s facial expression stop, but so did her speech, hand interaction, movement, etc. The baby wasn’t even looking at the mother half the time when she was interacting, so facial expressions can’t be all of it.

  • Baby can distinguish her parents voices already in the womb, so naturally she preferes her mother and father right after being born and not just any human.

  • Wow, now I actually understand why some people grow up disassociated and uncaring, a child ignored and unappreciated grows up and behaves the only way he knows

  • Hi there. You should look up the concept “good-enough mother (or father)”. It’s the concept that you should attend to your child’s physical and emotional needs, but you should be careful about how much attention you do give them and how fast you attend to their crying/tantrums. You should take care of their needs, but at the same time also give them the opportunity to learn that not every time they cry, they’re going to get what they want. This is necessary to a healthy development. Good luck!

  • There’s nothing wrong with attachment parenting! Get slings so your baby can still be close to you and your wife while you go about your regular routine.

  • How old are they? Because if they are under 12 months (or even 18 months) that is NORMAL. There is no such thing as being “way too attached” for babies. Babies are supposed to be attached. Babies who weren’t on or near caregivers got eaten for most of human history. Their brains are still wired that way.

  • Yes there is and this whole paradigm has been significantly investigated. The babies you describe are often those categorised as avoidant attachment they make up about 20% of middle class n.american population and they are more self reliant. They respond to this test by earlier withdrawal of eye contact with mother, less protest, and have a higher degree of emotional problems later in life than those considered securely attached. They have higher rates of conduct disorder and ADHD later on.

  • This is why narcissistic parents are so destructive to children. As Kohut said it, “When her personality is missing”, when he talked about the most disturbed patients and what these patients have grown up with! A mother/father without emotional face response…. is destroying a childs personality developement.

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  • Damn, it hurt me seeing the kid struggling to get the mother’s response. So cute though. Babies are smarter than people think!:-) Child Development is an amazing subject/course, take it if you can!

  • Kids absolutely feel your stress & emotions! My 13 year old is ADHD & i am so proud & thankful that he is such a cool, sweet, & all around great kid. Im far from perfect, but i will say this…i have spent his entire life (& i mean since i knew he was created), reading to/with him, singing silly songs, ive spent countless hours on the floor playing with him, doing puzzles, & telling stories! & like i said, im not perfect, but i def believe being silly & truly enjoying your kids…well theres def something to it!!

  • Interesting. I seem to struggle with parenting in ways that neurotypicals don’t seem to display. I have ADHD and a lightbulb went off in my brain when this video mentioned the shrinkage in the “day dream” areas of the brain. I’m wondering if there’s a link between my experiences and my executive function disorder. I found my daughters cries to be distressing and had a major depressive episode for the first few years post birth. I still find interacting with her difficult now as she’s a strong trigger of my sensory overload but none the less I still sure do get those warm fuzzy feelings when I get cuddles.

  • If the takeaway from this is that caring for an infant makes your brain better able to care for an infant, an interesting followup study would be other family members such as older children of the new (again) parents are affected. If an older sibling helps heavily with taking care of the newborn, and is of sufficient age that such massive swings of changes aren’t attributable to other factors, does it change them in the same way?

  • You and your baby are lovely but your baby will react positively to lively rhythms. The Ave Maria is not operatic music; your baby looks sad because of certain elements of your voice. Please try some Mozart melodies at this stage, some lullabies, lower your register; you will find a lot of music he likes. Perhaps he will love real opera at some point.!there are many you tube videos that will help you and him!

  • Well, you’re wrong. Take a look at the most respected psychologists throughout time Stern, Mahler, Erikson, Freud and you’ll see that they all agree on the fact, that a (newborn) baby needs a lot of attention. It is later in life when the child has become more independent and has learned that the world is a safe place (because of the connection with the mom in the early stages of life the babys “safe base”) that you can start raising it like that.

  • Place a mirror to the wall on the floor. Lots of fun for you and your baby. Playing and laying on the floor and looking together in the mirror is so funny.

  • There was a mother that died
    And they placed the baby on
    The mother and her heart started
    Again and realized she had a
    Baby to look after it it sooooo

  • While I agree that children should be exposed to small stressors regularly (body acclimatises and can deal more, whereas with big stress occasionally the body sensitizes and makes it a lot worse; same with drugs, exercise, almost any input into the brain), there isn’t anything really supporting your thoughts on narcissism etc. Babies need a high amount of attention consistently to receive proper stimuli to actually develop the right parts of the brain at the right time.


  • Very interesting. I would like to see simmilar studies on other types of family as well. Not just homo/heterosexual, but also polygamous families.

  • As interesting as this experiment is, I can’t help but wonder if you’d get the same reaction from a child who is used to no facial expressions and limited interaction from their parents.
    There really isn’t a good way to test this properly.

  • My son was a crier we would joke if he was a wake he was crying. It never bothered me I just gave him a cuddle. My husband that the baby hated him.
    He is still very Particular and needs things a certain way and in hindsight I think he always was just as a baby crying was the only expression he had.

  • Wow she’s as clueless as it gets, you probably should not have had a baby they aren’t easy and it won’t be about you anymore your world will revolve around your baby.

  • Although they estimated human infants bonding period is much longer than animals, wouldn’t you have to do math to equalize the difference in life expectancy? For instance if dogs live 15 years & attachment takes 7 months then comparing this to humans means you’d have to then take average human life expectancy age say 73 & do math for comparison? Thus depending on the math, the idea humans take much longer to bond than animals may be inaccurate when relative life expectancy is measured equally across humans vs dogs for instance?

  • These videos are great. I teach A Level Psychology and have shown them to my students. There are very few clear and concise videos out there like this. Please make more for the AQA spec. Biopsychology and Pscyhopathology ones with animation would be amazing!!

  • My first word happened when I was eating chocolate pudding.” MMMMMM, CHOCATE.”
    Also when I was a baby, to get me to calm down and stop screaming in the car, my parents had to put that one song on.”TO THE WINDOOOOOOW, TO THE WALL”

  • I would like to thank SciShow for trying to normalize all these different kind of families. It meant a lot to me when you noted that the study doesn’t include same-sex couples etc, because it really means that you acknowledge the fact that we exist. Thank you.
    Sincerely, an lgbt+ person who really appreciates the small things.

  • My wife and I have a set of twins that we think are way too attached to either my wife or myself. Our problem is the moment we put them down on the bed or the floor, they start crying and want to be carried again. We don’t want to turn away from them, I feel awful seeing them crying, but it’s getting really tiresome and I feel it’s developing a sort of maldaptive attachment to us. How could we properly discipline them in order to get rid of such behavior? They are not hungry or hurting at all..

  • This is a terrific video. I used to work as a Personal Support Worker, supporting youth and adults who have had a rough start to life. Generally speaking, if children experience chaos in the home at an early age, they often try to recreate chaos in their youth and adult lives because they are comfortable navigating trepid waters. I often heard the phrase “People want to be good, but they can only act to the highest potential they’ve reached,” meaning that compassion is needed to understand just how much support is required for human beings who haven’t reached “normal” developmental milestones. Please love your kids! Don’t look to them to understand how much you’re sacrificing, they aren’t capable of knowing. Teach that when they’re adults. In the meantime, nurture and guide them while allowing them to make their own mistakes. It produces adaptive personality traits that are self-taught, rather than circumstances that cause character deterioration. I know I’m a little off-topic in regards to this video, but I’m trying to make the connection between healthy love at an early age, and mental health stability later in life. Keep up the great work, mothers, fathers and community members!

  • You can tell she doesn’t want the baby. She’s detached and there is no bond. No common sense. I hope she never has more children. It damages children to not bond with their mums as an infant.

  • Wow, some of these comments are very harsh. Yeah, I agree that she clearly had no idea how to care for and stimulate her son, and she should have done something about it earlier but there can be multiple reasons why she was feeling scared and insecure, such as postpartum depression, etc. But why is it all HER fault??? �� What about the father? He knew something wasn’t right, so why didn’t he do something? It’s also his son. I don’t see anybody pointing fingers at him.

  • It was a brief experiment, the kid was a little upset but was fine once Mom reengaged.
    But if she did that sort of thing on a regular basis, that could be a problem. For example, when parents have unresolved trauma that causes them to have flashbacks or dissociative episodes on a regular basis, this can put their child at risk for attachment problems because the ‘still face experiment’ is happening every day.

  • This just hurts sooo deep to watch, when you have children yourself.

    Once my then 1,5 years old boy was VERY naughty, and just thought it was fun, when I tried to stop him. Finaly I gave up, and just looked at him, pretty much like the mother on the video, perhaps whit a little more defeated attitude (I did not look at him in that way for so long! and I had no intentions, I was just giving up on the situation).
    He tried to tease me a cuple of times, and then he cried heart breaking…poor kid

  • That poor mother. Her son is bored. The mother is lonely and bored too. I’m surprised they haven’t suggested to join a playgroup where she can makes friends with other mum’s and observe other babies Jake’s age so she can get an idea of what they do and what they need.

  • Melissa maybe by far the worst mother ive seen. She obviously never bonded with her baby when he was born. Poor kid. It doesn’t even seen like she loves him. To me her son seems more like a burden more then anything. Poor kid. If you know you don’t have the patient s or motherly instincts to raise a child, then don’t have one just bc everyone of your friends is having one.

  • Ooh, I love this so much. I couldn’t resist adding it to my compilation, “Watch These Adorable Babies React When the Wrong Song is Played “

  • So someone you love sitting in front of you staring at you without expression is uncomfortable for the person? Who would have thought it??

  • I’ve never seen such an incompetent mother. Hold him, sit with him on the floor and sing nursery rhymes and children’s songs to him, twirl him around, clap with him, whistle, read to him while you show him the pictures in baby books, give him teething toys, play animal or cartoon videos, give him play doh, bubbles, water play, let him feel different textures and materials, make funny faces, do exercises with him, take him outside and look at everything…grass, trees, birds, dogs…everything! Kids are so naturally inquisitive that if you can’t entertain a baby, you must have such a boring personality! Use your imagination! There are a million parenting books. For God’s sake, get one!

  • Huh, neat! I wonder if any similar things happen when raising pets. We learned in the SciShow episode about why cat knead that it’s a form of neonatal behavior, so I wonder if these kinds of caring interactions with pets might be causing similar changes. It could make sense of our ability to care for adopted children, I suppose. Man, psychology and biology in general sure is neat.:)

  • Aww, she just didn’t know a thing about babies. It’s too bad pediatricians don’t hand out books or dvds on care and keeping baby entertained.

  • So like, the dad’s body doesn’t really know that he had a baby, bc there wasn’t a pregnancy like thing. So are these changes also present in fathers who adopt?

  • As a mom of 6 kids he’s feeding off of you and your emotions. I feel bad for her husband and if you honestly don’t know what to do with a baby perhaps you should..A take some parenting courses or B don’t have one

  • Maybe try to hold him? Not on your knee, not in a stroller holding him and hugging him?
    He is 8 months old, he is probably theething and no one told her how to read her baby, knowing when he is tired, when he needs a diaper change or a bottle or just cuddles… Its sadning for me to see new parents are not tought to listen to their babies, but to take a list…. Another thing about the “specialist” toys that make noise or lights to stimulate? They are made to shut him up, this is not stimulation but a thing that will frustrate nore and nore as he grows

  • Now my question is, in the specific stage, the baby develops fear of strangers. And then in the multiple attachments stage the baby has interest in developing bonds with others. So does that mean even in the multiple attachments phase, the baby wants to increase bonds with familiar people? Or anyone? Are they still scared of strangers in this stage? Or was it just a phase that goes away once they hit this stage?

  • Can a baby girl have a bond with her father if he is far away and doesn’t get to see her regularly? I think my baby is going to forget me and maybe will never form a bond with me over time because her mother hates me and thinks I’m a terrible person. If her mother hates me does that mean she will hate me too?

  • the way he crinkles his little face to cry… awww such a cutie ��
    also, love your improv… i don’t know the words ��
    lol. beautiful singing voice you have.

  • I want to say, “Life before a step mother and life after a step mother.”  Triangulation was used constantly after my father remarried.

  • The overwhelming number of psychologists are liberal, not conservative.
    Their advice is severely corrupted by their worldview, their so called studies lack rigor and are tainted by confirmation bias.
    Trust your instincts and God, not people who think they know better than god.
    Their children grow up with adhd and have high rates of suicide.
    Those are the facts.

  • My baby is 6months i do live in my own house woth my husband. We constantly give him our time and try show him things. He now trusts my parents n sisters as they are regularly present. But knows im main base for comfort n safety. I love him so much and are always mindful that even if i may be stressed abotu something rlse not to show it to him. Hes sooo cleverif im.discussong generally with my husband he picks up immediately ot of im annoyed n baby will call out in a firm voice or checkin if 3verythings ok n that would be a rare thing too that id do that. Babies are amaazing.

  • I remember when my baby was very young. When she would smile at people in the supermarket, some people would not respond to her. It was like a knife in my heart. Those new mother feelings are intense. (the baby didn’t give a hoot, she just smiled at the next person)

  • The baby is crying because she’s reacting to the mother’s facial expression, which is probably showing strain from singing. The baby’s taking it as the mother being in pain. The baby switches back to smiling when the mother stops showing strain or starts smiling at the baby.

  • I get upset when I hear opera as well. He probably thinks you are gonna put him down for a nap as that music puts you to sleep.

  • in addition to schaffer & emerson can someone pls advise names of other different theories of attachment? like to look into the various theories on my own. Thank you!

  • Casey Anthony’s home videos of Caylee show a child with emotional and verbal signals being withheld on a regular basis. It’s tragically sad. Caylee doesn’t react with crying, though, just fraught efforts to gain interaction in the same way this baby in the video does, then frustration and resigned sadness. Which would seem to indicate that she’s given up on the crying phase of it due to repeated experiences of emotional withholding from Casey. It’s utterly bizarre. And Casey’s habit of taking photos of a distraught, crying Caylee is a whole different story… that’s just outright disturbing.

  • I found the first year of fatherhood somewhat disorienting but I almost always knew instinctively what to do. When I was super usnure of my instinct, Google almost always confirmed what I thought was the right thing to do. Let’s go evolution!

  • children are gross douchebag littpe shits that suck up your money that turn into bigger shits that ruin the planet. i refuse to believe that any positive chemical changes will happen to my body as a result of parasites. dogs and cats are a different issue because they are awesome and cute and will never judge another creature and i love them

  • It is obvious that the baby’s sense of happiness is interrupted by the still face of the mother. You can see that it is this that the baby is crying about. Not that the mother is not playing with the baby.

  • Further research should also include families with more than two parents. Because polyamory is a valid lifestyle choice and worthy of study!

  • I wonder if this applies in any degree to closely taking care of other things/people besides a baby (such as an animal you care deeply about or an aging parent/other family member). It would be interesting to find out if similar situations create any of these responses.

  • That doesn’t explain why a certain president’s lawyer had to pay 130, to cover up an affair, when he should have had the dad brain. I guess his ego and narcissism glands are too big. A condition known as “FatHead”.

  • I know that you guys have a particular way of making these videos, and I love the information I’ve gotten from you over the past few years…but, the fact that you edit out any pauses and it seems that you never take a second to breathe air into your lungs makes it very tough to receive the information. Infact, I find myself skipping your videos more often now because it just induces anxiety when having words forced at my face with no time to digest them. Maybe y’all should consider slowing down just a tad to make these things more enjoyable for your audience.

  • Perhaps this also applies to other areas of the brain, if it happens that you decide to start a new thing and dedicate your attention to doing your best at it, such as getting into understanding, playing and composing music. However, such a dramatic new start at something and with dedication is not so likely to happen with the exception of becoming a parent.

  • What you can not see in this video is the biochemical disaster with dramatic repercussions, in the synaptic connections. It‘s a GEN Desaster, too, with a long term effect in cognition. Brain research show that child abuse and neglect damages not only in the way a developing child’s brain functions, but changes the actual structure of the brain itself, in such a way that makes clear thinking, controlling emotions and impulses and forming healthy social relationships more difficult.

  • My mom knew a drug addict who threw her baby against the wall multiple times because she wanted to smoke weed she was saving for other people. She tried to cover it up with a fake Robbery Assault and tried unseeing the bruise’s on her baby as fake evidence.

  • I’m pretty sure that adoptive parents, including homosexual males and females, or homosexual females who had their child born from their female partner, undergo the same process as a biological father. There may be some kind of difference between males and females, but it must be a psychologically induced biological change.

  • That baby is an old soul that maybe committed suiside. (Sorry i didnt know how to spell suiside) and it is born again to have a new life and maybe it committed suiside because of broken heart or something.

  • i saw that “emotional baby” video before and i think it is adorable and cute and as an egyptian it was surprising and nice to see an arabic guy

  • I have a question…. first though I didnt know to comment in scishow phych
    Or just scishow so here it is why do we pace/ why we get up and walk around when anxious
    (It might be a silly question)

  • I wonder if you could treat neglectful parents by giving them an oxytocin nasal spray medication. Who knows, maybe some parents that are considered bad, might just have an oxytocin deficiency when reacting to children.

  • Yeah they never taught us about bonding(father’s to be getting “morning sickness”), babies covering us in throw up, or how much of a budget you’ll need for a child in schools…..

  • What about older siblings that take care of their younger ones, acting like a third parent?
    Does our brain change too? I’d think it does. Does it though? I think it does… BUT DOES IT?… I think it does…. But?

  • I hope you do one on parent-child (non-sexual) abuse. It could save people from trauma and years of therapy. I know it could have saved me but I didn’t realize I was abused until i was already an adult =( Why do some adults feel entitled to treat their children like they`re property? There`s a lot of the same issue on couples, like the gaslighting thing… I believe it is done by parent’s to their kids regularly and sometimes it’s even accepted. Maybe a video on the nature of psychological abuse? On children? By their parents?

  • The hardest thing is overcoming this, reminding yourself that you are awesome, even if you dont think so. You really are. Reprogramming yourself and acknowledging that things may have been different then you remember. Screw it if its not true, you deserve better. Fake it until you make it.

  • Could there be a correlation between too little/a lack of prolactin, and conditions like postpartum psychosis or postnatal depression?

  • Seriously SciShow? Nothing negative mentioned at all from being a parent, like at all? Everything is beautiful and dandy in our brains?

  • I can’t even get it how can the body know that there is a child coming so I need to get the brain bigger ( dads I mean )
    So if had sex without a child would my brain get bigger?
    How can the body know there is a baby coming???!

  • He doesn’t get emotional, he doesn’t like the Hail Mary. Put yourself in the baby’s place: suddenly your mother adopts a serious expression and starts making sounds like a ghost in distress. “What happened to my mom, where is she? I want my mom to come back normal!”.It takes more time for someone to enjoy opera from zero and that’s if they’re lucky.

  • 怎样是好妈妈,怎样会是坏妈妈?
    这一关于婴儿观察的视频 [Still face(不动的脸)],经典地反映了好妈妈与好孩子、坏妈妈与坏孩子的联系。

    Punnesi 思考:你在谁眼里好不好,就在于你愿不愿意看见他。
    中国文化和西方文化,人与人,公司与人,老板与员工,莫不如此 。。。。 看见、互动、接纳是教育的核心!

    P/s 做父母之前,要对这一句话印象颇深:父母的脸就是孩子的世界。。。

  • Maybe this explains how I’ve become so much more mirroring and comfortable with babies in the last few months, even though I’m not a father.

  • I just noticed that Melissa isn’t connecting with eye contact…talking to Jake..feeding is a great time to be expressive and connecting with this little soul.

  • This explains a few things from living with my sister to help care for her and my niece during the pregnancy and for about two years after she was born. I suddenly heard differences in baby cries without realizing it and I’m a lot more understanding about crying children in stores in general. I think it made me more empathetic in general on top of that.

  • When he cries it means he’s saying mum I’m bored give me something to play with. The mum needs help to bond with jake. But she is a good mum tho.

  • In the name of of Allah the Merciful. Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Most Merciful, the Most Merciful Malik, on the Day of Judgment, to you we worship and on you we seek help. Great truth of God

  • If they can afford it, this little guy would benefit more from a good daycare than what his mom can give him. Some moms just dont have maternal instincts.

  • is it common knowledge? do they need to prove thire Theory? i have seen about this words by korean university admission exercise. it is shock to me that it was mental break to baby as these action. contently it is my subjective view but i just uncomfortable to watch because it is looks like that human being was used as instrument for scienific prove that detach human right

  • I hope the mom doesn’t have anymore kids she has NO self confidence! Just totally clueless…. pick up a book and buy that baby some stimulating toys

  • I cry when I hear opera and I’m 51…am I trapped in a babies body…?��

    I believe certain music touches a vibrational cord deep within me and the results allows an emotional release…tears. Just my thoughts��

  • So gorgeous �� I wanted to ask did you cry to opera while pregnant? Perhaps he feels your emotion towards the singing ��‍♀️ so adorable either way ��

  • That is so super cute! That is you next child music genius,lol…It’s like he can feel the music which is what all great artists can do. Thanks for post!

  • Great weapon to use lol…clean your room or pick up your toys. No…Ava Maria….O.K please don’t sing that anything but that starts sniffing, LOL you a lovely voice, it so sweet that he enjoys such a variety of styles of music.

  • I wonder if a similar experiment was conducted with a father and child. Just to see how babies interact with their fathers and how they react to any unresponsiveness.

  • Did you ever think this opera hurts his ears! Cries because it hurts!! Do not do opera anymore it hurts my ears!! Poor little guy!!

  • I can`t sing very good but my 4 month old loves it when I do, she always laughs and smiles, it`s too cute..
    ..but I bet soon she will say “Mommy stop please” ��

  • Try singing heavy metal using you high pitch opera voice and observe what happens. Baby remember their mother’s voice during his time in side her, its always the low harming sound.