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Oxytocin has different effects on stress in male and female mice

It’s often called the “cuddle hormone,” the “hug hormone” and the “love hormone.” Not only are these easier names to say than “oxytocin,” but they also describe what this chemical messenger produced by the brain’s pituitary gland does: Oxytocin makes social bonding feel good. Oxytocin seems to play a role in our relationship with animals: […]

Brain changes before and after pregnancy
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Research is continuing to uncover some interesting information about what happens to a woman’s brain during and after pregnancy that motivates her to nurture and protect a newborn baby. Dr. Lane Strathearn, a developmental pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas reports that recent research into brain activity in pregnant women can, in […]

The Daily Oxytocin – The role of oxytocin in relationships and attachment
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It’s difficult for some to believe a chemical reaction is largely responsible for triggering and maintaining many vital components of daily life. Oxytocin indeed motivates the need to find friends, family and loved ones for regular company. While an important substance, it has both benefits and negatives for following its thrall. Luciana Gravotta of the […]

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