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    Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

    Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study | Reuters

    (Reuters) - Having a baby alters new mothers' brain activity, researchers have found, and a new study adds the first evidence of such changes in the brains of gay men raising children they adopted through surrogacy.

    The men's pattern of brain activity resembles that of both new mothers and new fathers in the study.

    The 48 gay fathers raising children with their husbands seemed to be both mom and dad, brain-wise. Their emotional circuits were as active as those of mothers and the interpretive circuits showed the same extra activity as that of heterosexual fathers'.

    One clue: in gay fathers, but not heterosexual ones, the brain also had extra communication lines between emotional and cognitive structures. The more time a man spent as primary caregiver, the greater the connectivity. It was as if playing both parental roles caused the brain to integrate the structures required for each.

    This article makes the claim that "gay men" are more attuned parents than either sex of the heterosexual alone. Interesting?
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    Re: Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    This article makes the claim that "gay men" are more in-tuned parents than either sex of the heterosexual alone. Interesting?
    To be fair, the article's exact words were that changes in gay men "resemble" changes in heterosexuals of both sexes, not that they were necessarily better or more "attuned" parents. I would be curious to see if the adaption in any one direction is as strong as it would be in a heterosexual, or if it's not more of compromise between the two.

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    Re: Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    To be fair, the article's exact words were that changes in gay men "resemble" changes in heterosexuals of both sexes, not that they were necessarily better or more "attuned" parents. I would be curious to see if the adaption in any one direction is as strong as it would be in a heterosexual, or if it's not more of compromise between the two.
    Well, I thought the same if the study would apply to heterosexual singles but it sort of excludes that possibility by saying...

    "Their emotional circuits were as active as those of mothers and the interpretive circuits showed the same extra activity as that of heterosexual fathers."

    They appeared to have the abilities of both parents?

    BTW thanks for the word correction on attuned.
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    Re: Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    To be fair, the article's exact words were that changes in gay men "resemble" changes in heterosexuals of both sexes, not that they were necessarily better or more "attuned" parents. I would be curious to see if the adaption in any one direction is as strong as it would be in a heterosexual, or if it's not more of compromise between the two.
    From the article, it is superior to heterosexual fathers.
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    I have felt pain when I was in the womb. So when you say they are incapable of feeling pain, that is based on junk science.
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    Re: Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

    It's an interesting study. I'd like to see more extensive research done, a wider pool of assessment, etc.

    It sounds logical, so we'll see.
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    Re: Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Well, I thought the same if the study would apply to heterosexual singles but it sort of excludes that possibility by saying...

    "Their emotional circuits were as active as those of mothers and the interpretive circuits showed the same extra activity as that of heterosexual fathers."

    They appeared to have the abilities of both parents?

    BTW thanks for the word correction on attuned.
    Perhaps. I'd just like to see the actual numbers.

    It's rather vague right now. Media articles reporting on scientific phenomena also have something of a tendency to get a lot of things wrong in this regard as they're more interested in attracting viewers with attention grabbing language than they are in the specific details of the findings involved.

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    Re: Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    Perhaps. I'd just like to see the actual numbers.

    It's rather vague right now. Media articles reporting on scientific phenomena also have something of a tendency to get a lot of things wrong in this regard as they're more interested in attracting viewers with attention grabbing language than they are in the specific details of the findings involved.

    I remember an episode of "Friends", where Rachel and Ross were looking for a Nanny to take care of their baby. They found a really sensitive guy (hetero?) that was like a 'super baby sitter'. The whole episode sort of revolved around how attuned this guy was to a babies needs and even an adults...lol

    He was more than a Nanny, he was a "Manny".
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    Re: Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

    Well, it seems to me that one of the best ways to test their theory is by doing the same testing on single moms. As for the hormonal vs hand-on experience in determining the brain activity that they see, my guess would be not strongly either, but more likely a difference in emotional make-up accounting for it, with the other two factors taking a secondary role. Hormones may have a role in it, but I think it's probably more complicated than that.
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    Re: Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    This article makes the claim that "gay men" are more attuned parents than either sex of the heterosexual alone. Interesting?
    I had seen studies a few years ago that showed that a homosexual uncle in the family increases the probability of a child's survival to adulthood.

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    Re: Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

    Bleh. Id be bullied and shunned even more than I already am if I had two gay parents. I'm sure they'd be capable parents, but until the stigma is gone heterosexual parents are the better alternative (in my opinion).
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