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Mothers Have A Stronger Tendency To Mimic Their Daughters’ Consumption Behavior Than Vice Versa

From the 26 July 2011 Medical News Today article

A new study by a Temple University Fox School of Business professor finds that teenage girls have a strong influence on the products their mothers buy solely for personal use, as in makeup or clothing, and that mothers have a much stronger tendency to mimic their daughters’ consumption behavior than vice versa.

“This finding provides initial support for the notion of reverse socialization and suggests that the impact adolescents have on their parents is much more profound than has been credited to them,” Dr. Ayalla A. Ruvio, lead author and an assistant professor of marketing, writes in a forthcoming Journal of Consumer Behavior article

Read the rest of this Medical News Today article

July 26, 2011 Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , , , | Leave a comment

Allô allô! Mom’s voice plays special role in activating newborn’s brain

Researchers applied electrodes to babies’ heads to analyze their brain activity.
Allô allô! Mom’s voice plays special role in activating newborn’s brain
Recordings within 24 hours of birth reveal brain parts that only react to her voice

From the December 15, 2010 Eureka news release

A mother’s voice will preferentially activate the parts of the brain responsible for language learning, say researchers from the University of Montreal and the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre. The research team made the discovery after performing electrical recordings on the infants within the 24 hours following their birth. The brain signals also revealed that while the infants did react to other women’s voices, these sounds only activated the voice recognition parts of the brains. “This is exciting research that proves for the first time that the newborn’s brain responds strongly to the mother’s voice and shows, scientifically speaking, that the mother’s voice is special to babies,” said lead researcher Dr. Maryse Lassonde of the University of Montreal’s Department of Psychology and the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre.

The research was published in Cerebral Cortex and received funding from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Canada Research Chairs programme.The full text of the article may be found here.



December 16, 2010 Posted by | Health News Items | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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