Scientists from Nanyang University made an interesting conclusion about married couples. They devoted their research to how spouses co-raising children, can change each other's brain activity. The actual presence of spouses next to each other can be an important factor in the reaction of the brain to the stimuli that children create. In order to draw such conclusion, experts conducted an interesting experiment, inviting twenty-four couples to participate in it.
They connected special equipment that determines the response of the brain to stimuli e.g. the crying of a child. Next, the brain activity of the husband and wife was evaluated both together and separated. In the case when husband and wife were together, they showed very high similar brain indicators for stimuli.
When they were separated the reaction of the brain to children's crying was completely different. At the same time, scientists found that such an effect can only be observed in real couples who have lived together for some time, and not in randomly selected participants in the experiment. The part of the brain that has been examined is the prefrontal cortex, that responsible for complex behavior and emotional state.
When two people have a similar brain activity, that suggests that they are tuned to each other's emotions and behavior. The author of the study, Gianluca Esposito, said that the study shows: when spouses are physically together, there is great synchronism in their mechanisms of attention and cognitive control when raising children.
When they spend a lot of time apart, it is difficult for them to understand each other's point of view, their ability to coordinate their actions is reduced, primarily parental responsibilities. Couples who have such social behavior during the experiment said that they consider a large amount of time spent with a child to be an empty exercise, as this will not help in matters of upbringing.
Today in the quarantine period due to the coronavirus this issue is especially relevant. Families spend more time together and some couples experience stress because of that due to the impossibility to tune in to each other’s behavior and emotions and that leads to quarrels and disagreements.