At least in deer mice. Scientists have known that motherhood makes the female rodents smarter, better foragers, braver, and more level-headed. A researcher has found the same effect in father mice. In fact, something similar happens when male mice are exposed to baby mice, even when they aren’t the biological father. All of this has been traced to specific changes in the mice brains. This has not been proven, of course, for human beings, but many men can probably relate to this.
Details after the jump. Have any of you been changed by fatherhood? Or exposure to children? [Read more…]