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The paternal transition entails neuroanatomic adaptations that are associated with the father's brain response to his infant cues

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dc.contributor.author Paternina Die, María
dc.contributor.author Martínez-García, Magdalena
dc.contributor.author Pretus, Clara
dc.contributor.author Hoekzema, Elseline
dc.contributor.author Barba-Müller, Erika
dc.contributor.author Martín de Blas, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Pozzobon, Cristina
dc.contributor.author Ballesteros, Agustín
dc.contributor.author Vilarroya, Óscar
dc.contributor.author Desco, Manuel
dc.contributor.author Carmona, Susanna
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-26T06:51:29Z
dc.date.available 2022-05-26T06:51:29Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Paternina-Die M, Martínez-García M, Pretus C, Hoekzema E, Barba-Müller E, Martín de Blas D, et al. The paternal transition entails neuroanatomic adaptations that are associated with the father's brain response to his infant cues. Cereb Cortex Commun. 2020 Nov 4; 1(1): tgaa082. DOI: 10.1093/texcom/tgaa082
dc.identifier.issn 2632-7376
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/53273
dc.description.abstract The transition into fatherhood is a life-changing event that requires substantial psychological adaptations. In families that include a father figure, sensitive paternal behavior has been shown to positively impact the infant's development. Yet, studies exploring the neuroanatomic adaptations of men in their transition into fatherhood are scarce. The present study used surface-based methods to reanalyze a previously published prospective magnetic resonance imaging dataset comprised of 20 first-time fathers (preconception-to-postpartum) and 17 childless men. We tested if the transition into fatherhood entailed changes in cortical volume, thickness, and area and whether these changes were related to 2 indicators of paternal experience. Specifically, we tested if such changes were associated with (1) the baby's age and/or (2) the fathers' brain activity in response to pictures of their babies compared with an unknown baby. Results indicated that first-time fathers exhibited a significant reduction in cortical volume and thickness of the precuneus. Moreover, higher volume reduction and cortical thinning were associated with stronger brain responses to pictures of their own baby in parental brain regions. This is the first study showing preconception-to-postpartum neuroanatomical adaptations in first-time fathers associated with the father's brain response to cues of his infant.
dc.description.sponsorship Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades project (RTI2018-093952-B-100); Instituto de Salud Carlos III projects (CP16/00096 and PI17/00064); cofunded by European Regional Development Fund, “A way of making Europe” and by “La Caixa” Foundation under the project code LCF/PR/HR19/52160001, and by the European Research Council under the project code 883069. The project ASPIDE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 801091. M.M.G. and S.S.C. were funded by Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades, Instituto de Salud Carlos III (PFIS contract FI18/00255 and Miguel Servet Type I research contract CP16/00096, respectively), and cofunded by European Social Fund “Investing in your future.” The Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares is supported by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades and the Pro CNIC Foundation, and is a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence (SEV-2015-0505). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Oxford University Press
dc.rights Copyright © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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dc.title The paternal transition entails neuroanatomic adaptations that are associated with the father's brain response to his infant cues
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/texcom/tgaa082
dc.subject.keyword MRI
dc.subject.keyword Fatherhood
dc.subject.keyword Neuroimaging
dc.subject.keyword Parental brain
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/883069
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