‘Dad brain’ (like ‘mum brain’) is a thing, say scientists!
Many women report of feeling more forgetful when they become a mum, but did you know that dads also experience this mental fog too?
According to scientists, a man’s brain changes when he becomes a father and this can cause his overall cognitive function to become poorer than usual.
‘Dad brain’ is a thing – and scientists can prove it!
Human dads are among only 6% of male mammals that have an active role in raising their offspring.
And like mums, a man’s brain will also undergo similar hormonal changes when he has a child.
According to a study by scientists at the University of Notre Dame, new dads find their testosterone levels will drop around 40% in the first month of parenthood.
Meanwhile, their levels of oestrogen and prolactin will rise after their baby is born, this believed to make men feel less aggressive and more responsive and sensitive towards their child.
However, these hormonal changes can sometimes cause them to be more forgetful!
“Based on a number of lines of evidence, these hormonal changes in fathers seem to reflect that evolution has shaped men’s biology to help them respond to the demands of parenthood,” says researcher Lee Gettler in a talk.