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PHYSIOLOGY OF MOTHERHOOD: Studies Show 'Natural High' in Brains of Mothers Looking at Their Babies

Recent brain imaging studies conducted in The Human Neuro-imaging Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas show that a mother is triggered physiologically by as little as a picture of her child.

The brain images captured while 28 different first-time mothers looked at their infant showed that the brain's reward centers are activated by an increased blood flow, thus creating a "natural high" effect.

These same areas are associated with thinking, movement, behavior and emotion.

[17July08,  Jenna Murphy, Houston,]