Dad in the Lab: The Science of Fatherhood Quiz
by Staff
New mothers' brains get a massive dose of bond-inducing oxytocin, and 25 percent of new moms also come down with the post-partum baby blues. Those are just two facts about motherhood that are the offspring of a longstanding outpouring of scientific attention paid to the neurological, physiological and psychological effects of motherhood. But what about how those same bundles of joy impact fathers from the inside out? Put your paternity proficiency under the microscope with this Dad in the Lab Quiz.

What percentage of male mammals invest long-term, paternal care in their offspring?

  • 5 percent
  • 55 percent
  • 95 percent

Fatherhood has been correlated with a lower risk of what?

  • heart disease
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • prostate cancer

True or false: Men have biological clocks for conceiving.

  • true
  • false

What's the most common symptom of Couvade syndrome, or sympathetic pregnancy?

  • swollen stomach
  • back pain
  • abdominal cramps

Which of the following is not correlated to fathers doing housework around the home?

  • Their children have more friends.
  • The have more frequent sex.
  • They have decreased parent-child conflict.

Fatherhood can physiologically affect men, elevating levels of all but which hormone?

  • cortisol
  • testosterone
  • prolactin

Which of the following behaviors decreases the most when men become dads for the first time?

  • smoking
  • marijuana use
  • criminal activity

True or false: Biological fathers are, on average, better parents than stepfathers.

  • true
  • false

Sociological research suggests that which of the following types of couples may make the most invested parents?

  • heterosexual couples
  • lesbian couples
  • gay male couples

What percent of American fathers experience post-partum depression?

  • 7 percent
  • 17 percent
  • 28 percent