Mothers and daughters have the strongest bond, according to science

Of course it has its ups and downs (ahem, the teenage years), but there’s no denying that the mother-daughter bond is something special. And now, scientists agree.

According to a study published inThe Journal of Neuroscience, the relationship between mothers and daughters is the strongest of all parent-child bonds.

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Bradley Cooper and his mom at the 2013 Academy Awards.

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Justin Timberlake and his mother, Lynn Harless, at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in 2011.

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Timberlake and his mom attend the 19th Annual MTV Video Music Awards After Party Hosted buy Guy Oseary on August 29, 2002.

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Matthew McConaughey with mother Mary Kathlene (L) and model Camila Alves at the 2014 Oscars.

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Ryan Gosling and mother Donna Gosling arrive at 'The Ides Of March' Premiere at Roy Thomson Hall during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Ryan Gosling and mother Donna Gosling arrive for The Los Angeles Premiere of 'Gangster Squad' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 7, 2013.

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Justin Bieber (L) and Pattie Mallette attend The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber in 2015.

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Justin Bieber and mother Pattie Mallette arrive for the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards in 2012.

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Johnny Depp with his mother and Vanessa Paradis during the 76th Annual Academy Awards.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Actor Liam Hemsworth (R) and his mother, Leonie Hemsworth attend the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Men and Women of 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental Ballroom on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 02: Liam Hemsworth and his mother Leonie Hemsworth attend the Myer marquee during Emirates Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 2, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- JANUARY 18: Actor Jared Leto (R) and mother Constance Leto arrive at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actor Jared Leto (R) and his mother Constance Leto attend the premiere of 'Dallas Buyers Club' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on October 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

In the study, aimed at discovering why mood disorders (such as depression) are commonly passed on from mothers to their daughters, scientists performed MRI scans on 35 healthy families. Interestingly, they found that mothers and daughters have similar anatomy when it comes to the part of the brain that regulates emotions.

“This association was significantly greater than mother–son, father–daughter, and father–son associations,” said researchers. Translation? Mothers and daughters are more likely to understand and relate to the emotions of each other than anyone else.

Something to keep in mind the next time your mom offers some well-meaning (but totally unsolicited) advice.  

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