The Loh Down On Science

Mom Mug Shot

Can mom's angelic face ... wreck your poker game?

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.

Saying, it depends on how you look at it. Literally.

Meet Angélique Hendriks, from Radboud University in the Netherlands. She filmed 33 mothers bottle-feeding an infant--with a rather playful twist. The infant was a life-sized doll, and the camera was embedded behind its eyes. In this way, she recorded a babe's-eye-view of mother during feeding bouts.

Dolls resting in mother's left arm, fed with her right hand, got a full view of a motherly face staring back at them.

But those held in the right arm? Their mothers consistently turned their heads too far to the right, so only part of mom's face and her left eye were visible. She looked like a Cyclops!

Why mothers do this isn't known, but disrupting that earliest exposure to mommy's face could hinder the ability to recognize faces and "read" facial expressions later in life ... In other words, goodbye World Poker Tour championship.

All kidding aside--if mom looks like a monster when you hit the bottle? There could be a problem.



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