A MOTHER’S TOUCH INCREASES EMPATHY IN CHILDREN

Clients whose parents were more tactile with them are likely to have more ‘social brains’, suggests research among children. Those children whose mothers are more tactile tend to have increased development in brain regions involved in social functions, such as empathy, suggests a neuroscientific study published in Cerebral Cortex. The research follows in the footsteps of research in the 1950s by psychologist Harry Harlow among monkeys, and also psychoanalyst John Bowlby’s research among children, both highlighting the importance of a mother’s loving touch. It adds further weight to the school of thought that coaches do well to explore clients’ upbringing […]

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