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Mother's Brain Activated by the Smell of a Baby

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According to data from a new study by researchers at the University of Montreal, the smell of a baby activates a reaction in a woman’s brain if she is a mother.

According to data from a new study by researchers at the University of Montreal, the smell of a baby activates a reaction in a woman’s brain if she is a mother.
Co-author of the study, Johannes Frasnelli, a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the department of psychology at the University of Montreal said: “These are the areas of the brain that are activated if you are very hungry and you finally get something to eat or if you are a drug addict and you finally get the drug you were craving.”

The study looked at a subject group of 30 women, 15 of them had given birth to a baby three to six weeks before the study, and the other 15 had never given birth.

Researchers studied a brain scan of the study subjects while they smelled newborn baby scent, or fresh air.

The smell of a newborn baby was acquired by taking a shirt that a baby had worn for two days, and then freezing it until it was ready to be used in the experiment.

Brain scans of the women showed that their pleasure centers were activated by the baby scent, but to a much greater degree in the new mothers.

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