Addiction

Can 'love hormone' oxytocin protect against addiction?

(Medical Xpress)—Researchers at the University of Adelaide say addictive behaviour such as drug and alcohol abuse could be associated with poor development of the so-called "love hormone" system in our bodies during early ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Poor mother-baby bonding passed to next generation

Trust pathways in the brain are set in infancy and passed on from mother to child, according to landmark UNSW-led research. The work relates to oxytocin levels in new mothers and proves for the first time that it is linked ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Hormone level predicts how the brain processes social information

The hormone oxytocin is made at different levels in different people and it plays a role in regulating social behavior. A new University of Virginia study involving brain imaging finds that people with naturally higher levels ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Sobering effect of the love hormone (w/ Video)

Oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the 'love' or 'cuddle' hormone, has a legendary status in popular culture due to its vital role in social and sexual behaviour and long-term bonding.

Autism spectrum disorders

Blood-oxytocin levels in normal range in children with autism

Autism does not appear to be solely caused by a deficiency of oxytocin, but the hormone's universal ability to boost social function may prove useful in treating a subset of children with the developmental disorder, according ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

People with low oxytocin levels suffer reduced empathy

People suffering medical conditions causing low levels of oxytocin perform worse on empathy tasks, according to new research presented today at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Brighton. The research is ...

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