‘Mother’s touch supports pup’s brain development – Rodent research shows how separating child from mother could derail brain development’, https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/sfn-mts071818.php, SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE, EurekAlert, AAS (23-JUL-2018)

Mother’s presence

A mother’s presence may have immediate and long-term effects on her child’s developing brain by modulating the serotonin system. (…) Catia Teixeira and colleagues provide evidence for a direct connection between maternal care and the neurotransmitter serotonin. (…) The researchers demonstrate that a mother’s presence in the nest increases activity in the pups’ prefrontal cortex.


Maternal regulation of pups’ cortical activity: role of serotonergic signaling, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0093-18.2018, Corresponding author: Catia Teixeira (Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, NY, USA), catia.teixeira@nki.rfmh.org