Understanding the human parental brain: A critical role of the orbitofrontal cortex

  title={Understanding the human parental brain: A critical role of the orbitofrontal cortex},
  author={C. Parsons and E. Stark and K. Young and A. Stein and M. Kringelbach},
  journal={Social Neuroscience},
  pages={525 - 543}
  • C. Parsons, E. Stark, +2 authors M. Kringelbach
  • Published 2013
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Social Neuroscience
  • The bond between a parent and an infant often appears to form effortlessly and intuitively, and this relationship is fundamental to infant survival and development. Parenting is considered to depend on specific brain networks that are largely conserved across species and in place even before parenthood. Efforts to understand the neural basis of parenting in humans have focused on the overlapping networks implicated in reward and social cognition, within which the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) is… CONTINUE READING

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