October 9, 2023•82 words
We now know that pregnancy re-models a mother's brain (DOI:10.1126/science.adi0576).
Hormones prepare the brain structure to begin responding to a world with new priorities.
On a smaller, less intense scale, consider this: these kinds of changes happen to us every day.
Joy, fear, pain, reward, pride, peer pressure - and all the hormones we're always awash with as a result...
It would be easier to list things that don't have such effects.
(Many of them are to be found at schools, ironically)