Neural Plasticity in Human Fathers

Leah Grande, Rebekah Tribble, Pilyoung Kim

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Both new mothers and fathers undergo neural changes that support positive adaptation to parenting and the development of parent-infant relationships. In this chapter, we review important psychological adaptations that fathers and mothers experience during the transition to parenthood. We then review evidence of structural and functional plasticity in human fathers' and mothers' brains and explore how such plasticity supports their psychological adaptation to parenting and parenting behaviors. Finally, we discuss similar and different vulnerabilities and opportunities for the transition to parenthood in the brains of fathers and mothers and how they may inform interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Fathers and Child Development
Subtitle of host publicationPrenatal to Preschool
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030510275
ISBN (Print)9783030510268
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020

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  • Fathers' brains and child gender
  • Functional adaptation
  • Paternal brain circuitry
  • Psychological adaptations
  • Transition to parenthood


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