A paper by Associate Professor Nobuhito Abe and colleagues has been published in NeuroImage
A paper by Associate Professor Nobuhito Abe, Dr. Kohei Asano (KRC Research Fellow, Professor, Osaka University of Comprehensive Children Education) and colleagues, entitled “Development of the paternal brain in expectant fathers during early pregnancy,” has been published in NeuroImage.
In this study, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at the collaborative MRI research facilities was used to examine brain activation in response to infant-interaction videos in two groups; childless males and first-time expectant fathers during their partners’ early pregnancy before remarkable changes in their partners’ appearances commenced.
Data analysis confirmed patterns of brain activation related to parenting behavior while watching infant-interaction videos in both groups. However, there were large individual differences in their activation patterns. In particular, several psychological and behavioral traits, such as an image toward parenting, were associated with brain activation patterns.
*Please click on the image to view the paper. (English)
Diaz-Rojas F, Matsunaga M, Tanaka Y, Kikusui T, Mogi K, Nagasawa M, Asano K, Abe N, Myowa M (2021)
Development of the paternal brain in expectant fathers during early pregnancy
Neuroimage 225: 117527