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Do Grandmas Really Feel More Affection for their Grandkids than their Grown Kids?

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Yep.  Study:  Grandmas Really Do Feel More Affection Toward their Grandkids than their Adult Children
Science now proves that the bond between grandmothers and their grandkids is a special one.
Emory University researchers scanned the brains of grandmothers, as they looked at photos of their grandchildren, and as they looked at photos of their own adult children.
They found the grandma’s brains showed more cognitive empathy– trying to understand what someone is thinking and why– when viewing photos of their grandchildren, compared to when viewing photos of their adult children.
The researchers say the “cute factor” of young kids likely plays a role in the results; which ultimately showed a stronger emotional response to grandchildren.  [It may be even more likely that the lady has experienced the triumphs and regrets of parenting, with more wisdom and empathy gained – plus a more keen understanding of the vulnerability ahead, for all of them.  ~ Mo]
Lead author James Rilling says, “What really jumps out in the data is the activation in areas of the brain associated with emotional empathy.  That suggests that grandmothers are geared toward feeling what their grandchildren are feeling when they interact with them.”

Learn more, here:  (Yahoo)

  • A study find in brain scans, grandmothers showed evidence of more cognitive empathy when viewing photos of their grandchildren, compared to when they viewed photos of their own adult children
  • Researchers say this suggests grandmas are geared toward feeling what their grandchildren are feeling when they interact with them

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