A deeply embedded response.
To ensure the continuation of the species!
[via LiveScience] An infant’s doting eyes and chubby cheeks can send many people into a heartwarming swoon. Turns out, rather than the heart, that lure of tots may stem from specific brain circuits, new research suggests.
The results, detailed in the journal NeuroImage, suggest such brain-activity patterns may represent some deep biological impulse driving adults’ interactions with kids.
They also build on past research suggesting an evolutionary link between the cuteness factor of babies and caregiving by adults. And while some past studies have involved parents, this one found a link with those who had no children.
“These adults have no children of their own. Yet images of a baby’s face triggered what we think might be a deeply embedded response to reach out and care for that child,” senior author Marc H. Bornstein, head of the Child and Family Research Section of the Eunice Kennedy ShriverNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said in a statement. [Read More]
Isn’t just a frame of mind hard-wired in the human brain.
It’s an embedded response that can be found in all species…
Regardless of the direct biological connection between adults and babies.
Theirs or no.
[via DailyMail] They may not look like their mum – or sound like her – but that doesn’t seem to bother these fluffy little birds.
Hilda the hen has hatched a clutch of ducklings after accidentally sitting on the wrong nest of eggs.
The broody Bantam hen nested over the five eggs for a month, apparently unaware that they had been laid by a duck.
Farm owner Philip Palmer was also none the wiser as Hilda barely left the duck eggs alone until they hatched after 28 days.
And even when tiny Indian runner ducklings emerged instead of fluffy yellow chicks, Hilda wasn’t put off and adopted the babies as her own.
It would seem that the only time Hilda will realise the difference is when her brood waddle down to the pond and float – something chickens just can’t do.
Phillip, 45, who runs the Farmer Palmer’s children’s activity farm near Poole, Dorset, said: ‘Hilda doesn’t seem bothered at all – the ducklings follow her around just as chicks would.[Read More]
Love, it seems…
Knows no boundaries.