A new study from the lab of Ruth Feldman at Bar-Ilan University in Israel has shown that gay fathers’ brains take on both the social understanding and emotional processing associated with childcare. These functions are usually primarily activated in either secondary-caregiving fathers or primary-caregiving mothers, respectively. Gay, primary-caregiving fathers brains showed activation in both of these functions, suggesting that childcare experience can change the structure and function of the brain. This exciting study is the first to investigate brain patterns in gay fathers.
The Yale Club of San Francisco has generously awarded Primary Investigator Erin Burke their second annual Summer Graduate Fellowship to conduct research in the San Francisco Bay area! If you are a resident of the area and would like to participate in the Project, please email Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks to the Yale Club of San Francisco for their support!