A recent scientific study of mice has given positive results into the relationships between parents and their children. The study conducted by the National Institute of Health looked into mouse parent’s responses to their offspring’s distress calls. The results show that the ability of a parent to respond alleviate the stress of their offspring may in fact be an innate trait. The research sheds a light on human parents and their ability to learn about their infant’s distress signals and adjusting their response accordingly.
- A National Institutes of Health study in mice suggests that parents have an innate capacity to respond to an infant’s cries for help.
- This capacity may serve as a foundation from which a parent learns to adjust to an infant’s changing needs.
- These results provide evidence that new parents may be hard-wired to respond to certain kinds of cries from their infants, but also have the capacity to expand their repertoire.
“Experienced babysitters responded to typical distress cries 80% of the time, compared to the 33% initial response rate of the novice babysitters.”