Some Women Born to Be Bad Mothers, Study Says

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Are some women just destined to be bad mothers?

It appears so, a new study indicates.

Researchers from Virginia's University of Richmond say that some women are just biologically programmed with a "bad mothering" brain switch.

Craig Kinsley, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Richmond, said his study found that women develop a cluster of brain cells -- called maternal neurons -- during pregnancy. After the baby is born, these brain cells are then "switched on," resulting in good or bad parenting skills.

"We believe that a certain number of these 'maternal neurons' need to be 'switched on' for good mothering to take place," Kinsley said, according to NewsCore -- an international wire service owned by News Corp.

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