What's in a smile? Maternal brain responses to infant facial cues.

  title={What's in a smile? Maternal brain responses to infant facial cues.},
  author={Lane Strathearn and Jian Li and Peter Fonagy and P. Montague},
  volume={122 1},
OBJECTIVES Our goal was to determine how a mother's brain responds to her own infant's facial expressions, comparing happy, neutral, and sad face affect. METHODS In an event-related functional MRI study, 28 first-time mothers were shown novel face images of their own 5- to 10-month-old infant and a matched unknown infant. Sixty unique stimuli from 6 categories (own-happy, own-neutral, own-sad, unknown-happy, unknown-neutral, and unknown-sad) were presented randomly for 2 seconds each, with a… CONTINUE READING
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What ’ s in a Smile ? Maternal Brain Responses to Infant Facial Cues

  • J Li, P Fonagy, PR. Montague
  • 2008

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