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You know how you were pretty much a total genius and had a thriving career and could perform even complex tasks all by your little old self -- and then you had a baby and found yourself doing “mommy-brain” things like stashing the dust buster in your diaper bag or realizing halfway through your grocery store run that you were wearing your fuzzy bunny slippers in public? It turns out you’re going to have to find someone besides the kid to blame.
A soon-to-be-famous new study suggests that instead of turning our minds to mush -- as many a new mom has suspected -- motherhood actually causes our brains to grow. In the study, published in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience, gray matter growth was most significant in areas associated with maternal motivation and reward, emotional processing, sensory integration and reasoning and judgment. Interestingly, the mums in the study who bragged about their gorgeous, perfect, special or otherwise superior babies were much more likely to experience big brain gains than their less enthusiastic sisters.
I, for one, am thrilled to find out that having babies might have made me brighter, because it certainly didn’t do much for my bladder control.
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