Study Has Shown Father-Child Brain Synchrony during Puzzle Play

If you’re a dad and you want to have a greater bond with your child, you should try engaging in problem-solving activities more often. Recently, a study has shown that the brains of fathers and their children are in synchrony during puzzle play. The puzzle play literally puts both on the same wavelength, so they become more in tune with each other. Let’s look more into it!

Study Has Shown a Father-Child Brain Synchrony during Puzzle Play
Study Has Shown Father-Child Brain Synchrony during Puzzle Play

People Are Social Creatures

A doctor from the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex said that we’re social animals and that we also get in sync with each other spontaneously and seemingly effortlessly when we are interacting with one another. They continued by saying that when thinking about similar things at the same time and being capable of reacting to each other, instantly, has been shown to boost cooperation, positive thoughts, and social connection. They finished up by saying how incredible this synchrony is, as studies have shown that children get easily in sync with their mothers but the researchers didn’t know the same can happen with their fathers.

The Father-Child Brain Synchrony Study

Study Has Shown Father-Child Brain Synchrony during Puzzle Play

During the study, 66 fathers and their 5 or 6-year-old children, were asked to solve puzzles together or by themselves. Their brains were scanned during both activities. In addition, the fathers were asked to share their attitudes towards fatherhood. This included talking about how capable they feel and whether they find it important to be involved in the upbringing of their little ones, as well as be sensitive towards their children. The results showed that solving puzzles increases the synchrony between the father and the child, and that also, dads who described themselves as warm and supportive had a better brain-to-brain sync with their children.

The results from this study were compared to a similar mother-child study and it showed that although the sync increases in both cases during social interactions, the overall bio-behavioral synchrony patterns are different. This opens new avenues for more interesting research.