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Fathers Respond Differently To Their Children—More Attentive Towards Daughters, Study Tells

The gender of the baby affects the parenting techniques—it’s been proven now!

A new study published in the American Psychological Association’s journal Behavioral Neuroscience shows that fathers have different brain responses while interacting with their baby girls than with their baby boys.

MRI scanned brains of dads who were showed pictures of their 1-2 year old daughters and sons appearing happy, sad and neutral

Jennifer Mascoro, biological anthropologist at Emory University said

We found that Fathers of daughters had a more robust neural response to their daughters’ HAPPY facial expression. Fathers had a robust neural response to their son’s NEUTRAL faces

After analyzing 52 dads with recorders to wear at home, researchers found that the men used sophisticated analytical words like—all, below and much. They also sang more to their girls and talked more openly about their emotions.

On the other hand, dads of sons talked more about achievement—using words like proud, top and win. Fathers of daughters responded more and quicker to the cries of their child than did fathers of sons. We should be aware of how unconscious notions of gender can play into the way we treat even very young children.

Mascaro added,

We should be aware of how unconscious notions of gender can play into the way we treat even very young children. The fact that fathers may actually be less attentive to the emotional needs of boys, perhaps despite their best intentions, is important to recognize. Most dads are trying to do the best they can and do all the things they can to help their kids succeed, but it’s important to understand how their interactions with their children might be subtly biased based on gender.

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