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Study: Are mothers smarter than non-mothers?

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There are many differences between women who choose to be mothers and those who choose not to be, but a new study is pinpointing a difference that some people may not believe.

A researcher from Longwood University found that there’s more science to being equipped for motherhood. Photo: mrgreen09 via Creative Commons

The study aims to figure out what is happening in the brains of mothers. The experiment was done with rats, mothers, and non-mothers, with tasks like navigating a maze and finding food.

“I’ve learned that I can run on a lot less sleep than I thought,” says one mom.

New Arlington moms C.C. and Erin first laughed when they were asked about a new study about mothers being smarter.

“You’re like ‘I took a shower today. Victorious.’ And the getting the baby dressed is an accomplishment.”

A researcher from Longwood University found that there’s more science to being equipped for motherhood. The study claims that mothers can tackle life’s challenges better when it comes to problem solving, handling stress and completing certain memory tasks.

“I would say I feel smarter when I look at other non-mothers,” says C.C. White. “I’m like, I got this.”

“I don’t feel smarter because of lack of sleep. I have a hard time with lack of recall and putting sentences together sometimes,” says Erin Persaud.

Not all mothers agree with the findings of the study.

“I think I was equally as smart before I was a mom and I think that I’m happier now,” says Laury Bezek, who traded in working to be a stay-at-home mom. “There’s more joy, I would say, but smarter, I don’t know.”

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