A new study published in Psychological Science shows that babies can sense and embody their mothers’ emotions.
The study found that babies 12-14 months-old could sense and track their mothers’ emotional state in a research setting at the University of California, San Francisco. They quickly picked up their moms’ stress response. As Science Daily reports:
“That is, [the] greater the mother’s stress response, the greater the infant’s stress response, an association that actually became stronger over time.”
Thus proving the old adage: If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.
The researchers noted that babies pick up on their mothers’ emotional states in a variety of ways, such as: odor, voice tension, and facial expressions. In other words, even babies can sense emotions that aren’t theirs and then take them on as their own.
Now your husband sensing how you’re feeling? Well, good luck with that.