Gay fathers' brains develop like a mother's

By Amanda Stewart,

Gay men’s brains adapt to the change of having a baby like a new mother's would.

It turns out that gay men’s brains change and adapt to parenthood just as a women’s brain does, according to TIME.

This study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study, according to HealthDay, found significant differences in the brain of the person with the caregiver role and with the traditional supporting role.

The team of researchers studied whether or not mothers' brains became hyperactive having a baby. Of the 20 mothers in the study, all showed heightened brain activity.

Heterosexual men’s cognitive responses heightened. This would mean that they would be able to tell what movement from the baby meant what-new diaper, food, tired, etc.

The 48 gay men in the study responded quite similarly to both men and women. Both emotional and cognitive responses were heightened.

The researchers also found that the more time a gay father spent with a baby, the more heightened these senses became.

“The findings suggest there is a neural network in the brain dedicated to parenting, and that the network responds to changes in parental roles,” said study senior author Ruth Feldman.

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