The unique social sense of puerperium: Increased empathy and Schadenfreude in parents of newborns

Área de publicación Neurociencia Cognitiva
Tipo de publicación Articles
Lugar de publicación Scientific Reports
Fecha de publicación 2020
Autores Adolfo García - Agustín Ibañez - Hernando Santamaría-García - Gómez-Carvajal, A.M., Valderrama, M., Mejia, J., Santamaría-García, J., Bernal, M., Silva, J., Baez, S.

We used facial electromyography to detect physiological signatures of social emotion processing. Results revealed higher levels of affective empathy and Schadenfreude in PNs, the latter pattern being accompanied by increased activity of the corrugator suppercilii region. These effects were not explained by potential confounding variables (educational level, executive functioning, depression, stress levels, hours of sleep). Our novel findings suggest that PNs might show social cognition changes crucial for parental bonding and newborn care.

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