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It's official: Science says grannies are good for you


A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B on Tuesday is the first to provide a neural snapshot of the cherished intergenerational bond.

Using  imaging (fMRI), researchers at Emory University in the southern US state of Georgia scanned the brains of 50 grandmothers who were shown pictures of their grandchildren, who were between three and 12 years old.

As a control, they were also shown pictures of an unknown child, an adult parent of the same sex as their grandchild, and an unknown adult.

"They recruited areas of the  that are involved with , and also areas of the brain that are involved in movement and motor simulation and preparation," James Rilling, an anthropologist and neuroscientist who led the study told AFP.