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Marc H. Bornstein, Ph.D., head of the Child and Family Research Section at NICHD says, participants were lying at rest in an fMRI monitoring their brain activity and were played an infant hunger cry


In women, the hunger cry deactivated the default mode network. That is, women shifted their attention in order to pay attention to the cry, and interestingly, men didnít. So then we found a gender difference between men and women, and interestingly in women, adult women, whether they were parents or non-parents, so that females shift this focus of attention and males don't.

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