Researchers discovered that mothers’ directiveness in play varies based on the children’s ages and the mothers’ ethnicities. The more directive the mothers were during play, the less engaged children were with them and the more negative emotion the children displayed toward their mothers.
New research published by the APA has suggested new mothers brains can grow within months of giving birth. Researchers discovered a small, yet significant increase in gray matter within certain areas of the brain responsible for emotional processing, reward and maternal motivation, amongst others. Additionally, mothers who considered their babies to be extremely special or perfect were shown to be more likely to develop larger mid brains.