A new baby brain neuroimaging project conducted by the Mayo Clinic has found that 83.2% of “baby anger” can be traced to the infant’s awareness that the mother is not being paid enough for work done in the home.
More than 300 babies under the age of three took part in the 24-month study, which used functional magnetic resonance imaging and arterial spin labeling to record which brain structures are activated when babies are angry.
“Most babies come out of the womb with an advanced understanding that their mothers aren’t paid enough to feed them,” said lead scientist Dr. Pilata Vauva. “We also discovered that most babies don’t care if their moms love them, make funny faces, take them on walks, sing to them, or change their diapers. They appear to be consumed by feelings of economic injustice.”
“I have children of my own, as do most of my colleagues, so we didn’t believe it at first,” said Dr. Vauva. “But Seattle Children’s Hospital reached the same conclusion so we’re confident in our results.”
“When compared to datasets in the National Brain Imaging Index,” she said, “our science shows that the brains of 83.2% of babies are extremely similar to social justice feminists who fought for the $15 minimum wage.”
The results of the study will be published in The Lancet on March 15, 2020.