Tag Archives: hormone oxytocin

Animal Madness

Behind those funny animal videos, sometimes, are oddly human-like problems. Laurel Braitman studies non-human animals who exhibit signs of mental health issues — from compulsive bears to self-destructive rats to monkeys with unlikely friends. Braitman asks what we as humans … Continue reading

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One Molecule for Love, Morality, and Prosperity?

Ed Young touching on the topic of why the hype about oxytocin, known as the ‘cuddle hormone’ and ‘morale molecule’, is dumb and dangerous. Click the heart to learn more.         Reference: Bartz, J. A., et al. (2011). … Continue reading

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The Unreliable Nature of Oxytocin

One of my favorite cartoons, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, on the unreliable nature of oxytocin: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3339

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Can ‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin Protect against Addiction?

Researchers at the University of Adelaide set out to probe the connection between oxytocin development and addiction, including how and why oxytocin levels vary so much between individuals, plus how the different levels affect health. Published in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day

  Happy Valentine’s Day and may the Oxytocin be with you!

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The Problems with the Love Hormone Oxytocine

Oxytocin gets released during light caresses, sex, when someone shows they trust you, and sometimes even simply with talking. When released, oxytocin increases feelings of attachment for another person, as well as feelings of trust. It also decreases feelings of stress, … Continue reading

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Oxytocin and the Real Reason Men Love Breasts

When oxytocin is released at the baby’s instigation, the attention of the mother focuses on her baby. The infant becomes the most important thing in the world. Oxytocin, acting in concert with dopamine, also helps imprint the newborn’s face, smell … Continue reading

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