A Specific and Rapid Neural Signature for Parental Instinct

  title={A Specific and Rapid Neural Signature for Parental Instinct},
  author={M. Kringelbach and A. Lehtonen and Sarah Squire and A. Harvey and M. Craske and I. E. Holliday and A. Green and T. Aziz and P. Hansen and P. Cornelissen and A. Stein},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  • M. Kringelbach, A. Lehtonen, +8 authors A. Stein
  • Published 2008
  • Biology, Medicine
  • PLoS ONE
  • Darwin originally pointed out that there is something about infants which prompts adults to respond to and care for them, in order to increase individual fitness, i.e. reproductive success, via increased survivorship of one's own offspring. Lorenz proposed that it is the specific structure of the infant face that serves to elicit these parental responses, but the biological basis for this remains elusive. Here, we investigated whether adults show specific brain responses to unfamiliar infant… CONTINUE READING
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