Category Archives: Science Daily


Oct

25

2017
Household with mother (-in-law) means fewer kids

Household with mother (-in-law) means fewer kids

Women who live with their own mother or their mother in law in the same household have, on average, fewer children than women who only live with their spouse. Evolutionary anthropologists report this on the basis of intercultural data of 2.5 million women worldwide. Until now, evolutionary biologists have assumed the opposite.


Oct

24

2017
Value of acknowledging adolescents’ perspectives

Value of acknowledging adolescents’ perspectives

Across very different cultures — Ghana and the United States — when parents acknowledge the perspectives of their adolescent children and encourage them to express themselves, the youths have a stronger sense of self-worth, intrinsic motivation, and engagement, and also have less depression. Yet having the latitude to make decisions appears to function differently in the two cultures, with positive outcomes for youths in the…

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Oct

23

2017
Brain patterns underlying mothers’ responses to infant cries

Brain patterns underlying mothers’ responses to infant cries

Infant cries activate specific brain regions related to movement and speech, according to a study of mothers in 11 countries. The findings identify behaviors and underlying brain activities that are consistent among mothers from different cultures.


Oct

22

2017
Women who give birth in winter or spring less likely to have postpartum depression

Women who give birth in winter or spring less likely to have postpartum depression

Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely than women who deliver in the fall or summer to suffer from postpartum depression (PPD), suggests a study of more than 20,000 women. The study also found that women who delivered babies at a higher gestational age (further along in their pregnancy) were less likely to develop PPD, and women who did not have…

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