May 7, 2019 7:00 am

Super Awesome Science Show: The science of moms

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12.

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Mother’s Day is approaching, and on this week’s Super Awesome Science Show, we’re going to look at some of the science that makes mothers who they are and how we can support them every day of the year.

We start off the show with one of Canada’s best-known personalities, Sangita Patel. She’s a senior entertainment reporter for Entertainment Tonight Canada and the newest Canadian spokesperson for CoverGirl. She’s also a mother to two amazing daughters. We discuss the challenges of having a successful career in television and her life as a mom and how mothers everywhere can learn to find a balance.

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We then talk with Liisa Galea of the University of British Columbia. She studies the neuroscience of motherhood and reveals to us that the concept of baby brain is real. But don’t let that fool you into thinking you can get away with antics — Galea explains that as the kids grow up, the maternal brain gets sharper and even better at memory.

Our next guest explores the psychology of motherhood and a mother’s need for support throughout her life. Suniya Luthar explains that being a mother is a significant challenge, even if you are not trying to balance work and home life. Having the right support can make the difference between a mother who is happy and one who is subject to depression.

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In our SASS class, we’re going to explore a tactic almost every mother uses on her kids: the guilt trip. We talk with Wendy Rote at the University of South Florida and learn that using guilt may, indeed, be a great way to raise fantastic kids.

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Guests:

Sangita Patel
http://thisissangitapatel.com/
Twitter: @sangita_patel

Liisa Galea
Professor, Department of Psychology, UBC
https://galealab.psych.ubc.ca/liisa-galea/
Twitter: @liisagalea

Suniya Luthar
Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University
http://www.suniyaluthar.org/

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