Medical imaging reveals that the neural networks of premature infants who have listened to specially designed music, in particular a network involved in many sensory and cognitive functions, are developing much better, new research finds. Nearly 1 percent of children are born “very prematurely,” i.e. before the 32nd week of pregnancy. While advances in neonatal… Read more

A novel intervention that identifies potentially depressed mothers and encourages them to seek treatment has been developed by researchers at University of California – Davis Health System. The program, named Motivating our Mothers (MOM), takes a new approach. It relies on pediatricians rather than the mother’s doctor for diagnosis. In the study, mothers were given… Read more

The hormone oxytocin raised activity in a reward-sensitive area of the brain when women viewed images of crying infants, but not when they viewed images of smiling ones. Indiana University researchers studying postpartum depression say oxytocin might spark the motivation to help an upset baby. The new work, by investigators from the IU Bloomington College… Read more

The brains of babies function in a very similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, a pioneering Oxford University brain scanning study has discovered. The study looked at 10 healthy infants aged between one and six days old and 10 healthy adults aged 23-36 years. Infants were recruited from the John… Read more

Early environments of children have a lasting impact on their responses to stress later in life, new University of Washington research finds. The study also shows that the negative effects of deprived early environments can be mitigated, but only if that happens before age 2. The research is believed to be the first to identify… Read more