29 JUN 2011 by ideonexus

 How the Mother-Infant Bond Grows Over Time

Evidence that there is some sort of heightened awareness by mothers, caused either by biology or emotions, is seen in a mother's ability soon after birth to recognize her infant by smell and voice alone. In several studies, mothers who had spent only a few hours with their newborns were able to smell out their babies when comparing their shirts with the shirts worn by other babies. Mothers are also pretty good at hearing their infants. Women with new infants in wards usually sleep through the...
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Mothers grow more attached to their babies as their interactions grow so that the mother can better identify her baby and respond to its cry.

15 APR 2011 by ideonexus

 A Positive Outlook Extends Lifespan

I define it loosely as the ability to bounce back from stress. Many scientists view this solely as biological stress. But many of us who care for older patients see adaptive competence as psychologically critical as well. You don't get to be 109 without life hurling a few curveballs at you, and Reichert has had more than her share: bereavement, gender discrimination, medical issues. And after each, she dusts herself off and moves on. [...] My colleague Becca Levy, a professor of epidemiolo...
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Controlling for other factors, having a positive attitude about life and progressing forward despite setbacks extends one's lifespan.