A Mother’s Love | Dramatic Impact on Early Childhood Brain Development

Here’s an article I found from Medical Daily reminding us just how instrumental a mother’s love is in early childhood development. You’ll see the dramatic difference between the brains of two 3-year-old children, one belonging to a healthy child and the other belonging to a severely neglected child. This article is a must read.

Chilling Brain Scans Show the Impact of a Mother’s Love on a Child’s Brain Size

brainA shocking comparison of brain scans from two three-year-old children reveals new evidence of the remarkable impact a mother’s love has on a child’s brain development.

The chilling images reveal that the left brain, which belongs to a normal 3-year-old, is significantly larger and contains fewer spots and dark “fuzzy” areas than the right brain, which belongs to that of a 3-year-old who has suffered extreme neglect.

Neurologists say that the latest images provide more evidence that the way children are treated in their early years is important not only for the child’s emotional development, but also in determining the size of their brains.

Experts say that the sizeable difference in the two brains is primarily caused by the difference in the way each child was treated by their mothers.

While at first glance, the images might indicate that the child with the right brain might have suffered a serious accident or illness, neurologists said that the truth is that the child with the shrunken brain was neglected and abused by its mother, and the child with the larger and more fully developed brain was raised in a loving, supportive home and was looked after by its mother, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

Researchers told the UK newspaper that the image of the brain scan on the right shows that the child lacks some of the most fundamental areas that are present in the image of the brain scan on the left.

They say that the child on the left with the larger brain will be more intelligent and will be more likely to develop the social ability to empathize with others compared to the child on the right.

On the other hand, the child with the smaller brain on the right will be more likely to become addicted to drugs, be involved in violent crimes, be unemployed and dependent on government benefits in the future.

Furthermore, the child with the shrunken brain is significantly more likely to develop mental and other serious health-related problems.

Professor Allan Schore from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) said that in the first two years, babies rely on a strong bond with their mothers for healthy brain development.

“The development of cerebral circuits depends on it,” he said, adding that because 80 percent of brain cells grow in the first two years of life, problems in that development can affect people for the rest of their lives.

Read more at medicaldaily.com


  1. Cathy Holt says

    I have to keep correcting these studies…. can’t help myself. Yuppers, mum’s love is huge… so is everyones. Other studies indicate that a child needs one person to love them unconditionally. It does not have to be mom. Though it may seem like a no brainer to some, others will take this and run with it in regard to the importance of fathers, adoptive parents, and same sex male couples. Kids need love. So love them. Anyone can do it.

  2. says

    But can these children get love at a gov’t run day care? I’ll bet not. So, with all of the Head Start and First Start programs that are implemented but have been proven to be useless, this is just more proof that those children should be at home with a parent instead of with a gov’t paid flunky.

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