Having had enough of Martha's manipulations, Helen tells Jackson that Martha is tearing their marriage apart. He agrees to go back to New York and tells his mother, who appears to accept it gracefully. Martha is completely convinced the baby will be a boy, and that Helen is a bad influence on her son and unborn grandchild.
Helen eventually gives birth to a healthy boy. She begs Martha to hand her the baby, but Martha ignores her, telling the baby she is his mother. Martha tries to inject a needle full of morphine in Helen's arm, but Helen knocks the syringe away. By the time Martha retrieves it, she hears Jackson's footsteps in the house. In a scramble, she quickly cleans up, meeting Jackson at the door with the newborn baby. She tells him to leave Helen alone, as he has no idea what she's been through. The two leave Helen asleep, and Martha gives the baby to Jackson.
Data on the neural correlates of maternal love support the proposition that feelings of attachment and feelings of romantic love are distinct yet interrelated neural systems. Bartels & Zeki (2004) used fMRI to measure brain activity in mothers while each looked at a photo of her own infant, an infant with whom she was acquainted, an adult best friend and an adult acquaintance. They then compared these data on the neural mechanisms associated with maternal attachment with their data on the neural correlates of (later stage) romantic love (Bartels & Zeki 2000). Maternal love activated several specific brain regions that differed from those associated with romantic love, including the lateral orbitofrontal cortex and the PAG. Maternal love also activated some brain regions that were the same as those activated by romantic love, including regions of the medial insula, anterior cingulate gyrus and caudate nucleus. Finally, activity associated with maternal love and romantic love overlapped in brain areas rich in oxytocin and vasopressin receptors, including the substantia nigra (Bartels & Zeki 2004).
21 August 2009. This popular, mass audience romantic fantasy casts a bit of magic over the whole family comedy movie with dramatic elements. Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman along with veteran actresses Stockard Channing and Diane Wiest with a strong supporting role from Goran Visnjic form a delightful, lighthearted romp in witchcraft. At the same time dramatic and horror elements are carefully and smoothly introduced that balanced this overall entertaining movie. While this isn't' some serious dramatic endeavor nor a script that is award-winning, Practical Magic is a strong contender for a permanent place in children's and adolescent bedtime viewing just like bedtime stories were told by their mothers decades ago. 8/10. 2b1af7f3a8