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Uncommon Knowledge: Are mothers geniuses?

Anatomy by Dave Marcoullier | UncommonGoodsPregnancy is no easy business—as your mother has probably pointed out many times (and as you may have reminded your own children). But among the many, often-uncomfortable changes that happen within a woman’s body during pregnancy, there is at least one unexpected plus side: a bigger brain. A team at the National Institute of Mental Health conducted MRI scans of women before and after birth, and found growth of gray matter in the parts of the brain that affect reasoning, judgment and sensory perception. So, remember all those times growing up, when your mom somehow knew what you were up to without having to be told? It wasn’t ESP. It was merely her mutant superpowers at work.

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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