Saturday, December 24, 2005

Happy Holidays: The fMRI of Family Love and Forgiveness

One last holiday post! Here are the scans of mothers looking at their children (vs. looking at their children's friends).



As expected, pleasant emotional and imagery areas became activated, along with sites of emotional reward and attachment. But, that's not all. When the mothers looked at their children, they also turned off negative emotional areas and social judgment regions! So to love really is to forgive. Not a bad thing to remember at Christmastime. Happy Holidays Everyone!

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens

Maternal Love and fMRI

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