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Playing puzzles could help fathers bond with their children, study suggests

January 12, 2021

Playing puzzles could help fathers to form stronger bonds with their children, research suggests.
An Essex University study saw 66 fathers and their children, aged five or six years old, asked to solve puzzles together or alone.
While they were doing this, their brains were scanned simultaneously using a technique called dual functional near-infrared spectroscopy.
The dads were also asked about their attitudes towards fatherhood – how capable they felt and whether it was important for them to be involved with and act sensitively towards their children.
According to the research, the brains of fathers and their children synchronised more during puzzle play together, putting them on the same wavelength and thus more in tune with each other.

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