New research suggests that parent brains mimic baby brains during play.
Infants show bursts of high frequency brain activity when they are playing. In a surprising result, researchers Sam Wass of the University of East London and Victoria Leong of Cambridge University found that parents’ brains show similar bursts – taking their cues from the babies. In addition, the study also showed that the more responsive the parental brain is, the longer the baby can maintain attention.
Parental Neural Responsivity to Infants’ Visual Attention: How Mature Brains Influence Immature Brains During Social Interaction (full text), Sam V. Wass , Valdas Noreika, Stanimira Georgieva, Kaili Clackson, Laura Brightman, Rebecca Nutbrown, Lorena Santamaria Covarrubias, and Vicky Leong