Tag Archives: 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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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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Oxytocin Stimulates Reward Center Strengthening Monogamy

How is the bond between people in love maintained? Scientists at the Bonn University Medical Center have discovered a biological mechanism that could explain the attraction between loving couples: If oxytocin is administered to men and if they are shown … Continue reading

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Be Mine Forever: Oxytocin May Help Build Long-Lasting Love

  If cupid had studied neuroscience, he’d know to aim his arrows at the brain rather than the heart. Recent research suggests that for love to last, it’s best he dip those arrows in oxytocin. Although scientists have long known … Continue reading

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