Dr. Richard Fletcher from the University of Newcastle has a new book out that talks about how fathers may be more important than we’ve previously thought. Well, some of you previously thought, that is – we knew already.

Titled “The Dad Factor“, the book covers topics like baby-brain development and vocal-recognition. For example, fathers that play with their infant children are building neural pathways that actually physically “mold” a baby’s brain to think a certain way. Also – babies seek out and react to their father’s voice, which they’ve heard in-utero as they grew from a puddle to a person.

According to Finch Publishing, Dr. Fletcher “is a leading educator in the field of male health at the Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle.” He also founded a community group called “Fathers Against Rape,” and the Engaging Fathers Project at the University of Newcastle.

(header pic from manbabies.com, chopped up and defaced)

Sauce: ABC (Australia)