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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: […]

The Daily Oxytocin – When nature becomes nurture and oxytocin makes more than motherhood
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Oxytocin is best known for the bond it creates between mother and child. Studies show the chemical playing a role in other types of relationships as well. Understanding the root of bonds between many different kinds of people can help understand human beings and their relationships. Dr. Carsten De Dreu, of the University of Amsterdam, […]

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 […]

The Daily Oxytocin – Oxytocin and sexuality
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The pull of sex isn’t abstract or imaginary — it is very much rooted in chemistry of the brain. The chemical involved in this and other activities is known as oxytocin, a substance critical for forming and sustaining relationships. Sex, specifically, is triggered and fueled by oxytocin, creating a feedback loop of sex leading to […]

The Daily Oxytocin – Oxytocin’s role in developing and improving social skills

Oxytocin is more often known as the “love hormone” or “cuddle chemical” that traditionally plays a role in childbirth and breastfeeding. While traditional, physical effects are among those roles, emotions such as trust, relaxation and psychological balance are influenced by oxytocin. Stress and anxiety can also decrease upon its release. As such, oxytocin goes hand-in-hand […]

The Daily Oxytocin – Oxytocin’s potential to reduce drug cravings
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Any tool available to fight drug abuse and addiction is much appreciated, especially when it’s naturally occurring, such as the chemical oxytocin. Researchers from the University of Adelaide were fascinated in this possibility and studied the “love hormone” and its role in addiction. The scientists note that oxytocin systems don’t completely form until the age […]

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