Whether you have had a crap day or just need a little loving, you can always count on one person to make you feel better. That person – your mum!
The best thing is that the soothing, warm cuddly feeling associated with your mum’s voice is not all in your head.
According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a mother’s voice affects areas of a child’s brain that controls emotions, social functioning and reward processing.
So that is why your mum is one of the only people on this planet who can effectively calm you down.
Stanford University School of Medicine researchers conducted the research by getting MRI scans of 24 children, between the ages of 7 and 12, and figured out the impact of sounds of their mother’s voices.
The lead author of the study, Daniel Abrams, shared their findings in a press release.
Many of our social, language and emotional processes are learned by listening to our mom’s voice. But surprisingly little is known about how the brain organizes itself around this very important sound source.
This study not only explains why you react differently to your mums voice, but it has also paved new opportunities for investigating social communication deficits in children with disorders such as autism.