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Lecture 7030112 Parenting is bizarre the fact that many of us will just be handed some little creature at some point to take care of you suddenly are the sole responsibility its nonstop consistent demand The impact of it on your psychology we dont really know what really happensDoes biology come up with mechanism that helps parenting Today we just want to consider whether thats a possibilityAll of the stuff weve been looking at so far focused on one type of parenting There are specifics we can look at with regards to parenting behavioursLondon Taxi StudyThe hippocampus navigation and spatial relation is a little bigger for certain people Experience does sculpt and change specific parts of the brain that are used for specific tasks The model that the brain is really a muscle thats more than a metaphor its pretty trueIts possible that there may be major changes in the brain that are allowing you to better interact with your child Theres a huge wave of hormonal change with pregnancyLondon taxi video They must create intricate mental map of landmarks and location For 150 years every new cab driver has to pass a gruelling examthe knowledgefor people to look at how the brain adapts and reacts Hippocampus must be the key to success Direct experience is an essential part of the training How does the brain retain all that ordre and information Part of the hippocampus was larger in these drivers The hippocampus has a spatial map in it for the cab drivers The increase in knowledge allows the hippocampus to grow bigger This study suggests that the adult brain can refashion itself You really get engaged in learning something is there something really happening This is problematic It could be that if you got this huge hippocampus you may be a person that wants to be a taxi driver The more that you were driving the bigger that side of the hippocampus wasMaternal Brain CircuitWhat has biology given people to become parents Its possible that our brains are changing structurally If the hardware is changing you can imagine that the function and operation is changing as well Hormones can start to change the hormones and number of synapses that are produced in the brain We just didnt know that experience of doing something could cause those changesCan some changes in hormones actually affect behaviour and we already got a taste of this seeing that during pregnancy when you get a rise in oxytocin that predicts how you parentParent Cortisol Inconsistent
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