Mommy’s Big Brain

New research shows that new mothers grow bigger brains after giving birth.

New research shows that new mothers grow bigger brains after giving birth.

Increases in estrogen, oxytocin and prolactin may contribute to brain reshaping in the areas of motivation and behavior, according to findings published in Behavioral Neuroscience.

MRI scans of women’s brains before and after birth showed that women who gave birth had small gray matter increases in certain parts of the brain: areas related to maternal motivation, reward and emotion processing, sensory integration, and reasoning and judgment.

Women who were most enthusiastic about their babies were significantly more likely to develop bigger midbrains.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.