A New Medical Research Explains Why Kids Stop Listening To Their Moms As They Grow Old
If you ever wonder why you and your mother start squabbling more after growing up, there could be a scientific reason.
According to a new study, as soon as children enter their teen years, they may lose connection with the mother’s voice and become less in tune with it.
Children and teenagers start to tune into more unfamiliar voices, evidence of their response to various social stimuli. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, was conducted by researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine.
The researchers used MRI brain scans and compiled the first neurobiological explanation for how teenage years see a child's separation from their parents.
As children turn 13, they find their mother’s voice, less rewarding.
“Just as an infant knows to tune into her mother’s voice, an adolescent knows to tune into novel voices. As teens, you have got friends and new companions, and you want to spend time with them. Your mind is increasingly sensitive to and attracted to these unfamiliar voices in a press release,” said Daniel Abrams, lead author.
The research led by Abram suggests that teenage brains are more receptive to all voices they hear. However, a shift is witnessed around this age where the reward circuit and brain centers prioritize essential stimuli. These brain areas displayed more activity for unfamiliar voices than that of the mother’s voice.
Researchers also said that this switch is a sign of healthy maturation.
“A child becomes independent at some point, which has to be precipitated by an underlying biological signal,” said Vinod Menon, senior author of the study.
Menon summed up that transformation helps teenagers engage more profoundly with the world and help them to make connections that will help them be socially adept outside their families.
The new study was based on the research conducted in 2016 that showed how kids could relate to their mother’s voice way before being born. This study could be applied to tap into the understanding of the stimuli response of the brain of adolescents with autism and other mental conditions.
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