Monday, May 08, 2006
Another Reason to Get Pregnant
Women have children for any number of reasons—boredom, torn condoms, curiosity, desire to live out one’s dream through a miniature version of oneself—but now they can add one more reason to the list: smarts. In her new book “The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter”, author Katherine Ellison argues that bringing a baby into the world might actually increase a woman’s mental acuity in a number of categories: efficiency, motivation, stress-coping and emotional intelligence.
A quick Google on the effects of motherhood appear to bolster her argument. According to a January 6, 2006 article in Scientific American, “New research indicates that the dramatic hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy, birth and lactation may remodel the female brain, increasing the size of neurons in some regions and producing structural changes in others.”
In fact, this same research showed that mother lab rats did better than virgin rats in navigating mazes and capturing prey. Scientists didn’t comment on whether the mommy rats were considered “slutty” or not, limiting their studies to empirical observation of the brain. Nevertheless, it seems clear that virgins are stupid (our words, not theirs).
With any luck science will discover some other activity women can do to boost smarts that doesn't have such a long-term commitment.
Also, I wonder if Katie Holmes will come to her senses with her newfound smarts. At the very least she can expand her vocabulary beyond the word "amazing" in describing motherhood/her relationship/scientology...