New research out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition) suggests that when a child’s mother is highly nurturing, their hippocampus will grow larger than other children whose moms are less nurturing. The positive impact of having a larger hippocampus includes enhanced capacities for learning and memory as well as managing stress.
Anecdotally we seem to know that this is true, but this may be the first experiment to demonstrate a physical change in the brain as a result of love and nurturance. The researchers report a 10% difference in hippocampus size.
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Jeff Ross, MA RCC
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