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Dr. Bornstein says this research not only helps understand the specific wiring of the brain, but helps understand how the brain has developed


Weíre not interested here in this research in differentiating males and females or casting males and dads in a negative light. Certainly, dads respond to their infantís cries, but itís also the case that in the evolutionary history of mankind, itís infants who engender through this limited but important and undeniable means of agency, namely their hunger cry, the need for this kind of response, and as weíre mammals — thatís the definition of us — itís females who need to respond, and of course, the infant hunger cry causes a whole cascade of specific and interesting responses, in mothers — hormonal responses, the milk let-down response — so that there has developed this kind of symbiotic relationship between infants and mothers as opposed to fathers.

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