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Oxytocin May Make Memories Clearer, Scientists Say

April 22, 2011 Research Articles Comments Off

The physical trauma of childbirth is often forgotten just long enough for women to decide to do it all over again, and oxytocin was originally thought to be the reason for this phenomenon.

“The first thought was that oxytocin was an amnesiac,” says C. Sue Carter, a professor of psychiatry and co-director of The Brain Body Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “The idea had traction. The basic idea there was that the oxytocin circulating in the bloodstream during childbirth reduced memories of stress and the pain.”

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About Oxytocin

December 30, 2010 Research Articles Comments Off

From Wikipedia

Oxytocin (Greek, “quick birth”) is a mammalian hormone that also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain.

In humans, oxytocin is thought to be released during hugging, touching, and orgasm in both sexes. In the brain, oxytocin is involved in social recognition and bonding, and may be involved in the formation of trust between people and generosity. [1][2][3]

Can oxytocin be used as help for depression? Watch the Oxytocin Central YouTube video, “Research on Oxytocin

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Paul Zak Interview

December 3, 2010 Oxytocin Video, Research Articles Comments Off

Paul Zak talks about Oxytocin

Paul Zak is the founding director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and professor of economics, psychology and management at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Zak has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard University.

Prairie vole study finds new drug that boosts oxytocin

Oxytocin Agonist?

by Jessica Wright

Love rules: Prairie voles, which mate for life, bond with their new mate faster after taking a drug that increases the levels of oxytocin in the brain. A drug already in clinical trials as a tanning compound raises brain levels of oxytocin — a hormone and neurotransmitter involved in social bonding — researchers reported Sunday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. Higher levels of oxytocin can help animals recognize their mates and turn to a friend for help, according to two posters presented at the meeting.

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Oxytocin and Neuroscience

November 17, 2010 Oxytocin And Anxiety, Research Articles Comments Off

30,000 neuroscientists and related professionals from all over the globe are gathered in San Diego, CA this week for the Society for Neuroscience’s annual convention, Nov. 13-17. On the agenda is new research into a huge variety of fields affecting the way we love, think, interact, deal with illness, and cope with disabling brain injuries. Among the primary topics of discussion is none other than our famed Oxytocin!

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Hold Me, Trust Me

November 4, 2010 Research Articles Comments Off

Reporter Maia Szalavitz wrote an article in the May 2008 edition for the journal New Scientist. In the article she states, “Oxytocin’s ability to connect social contact with feelings of pleasure and well-being has got researchers excited about potential therapeutic uses, since so many mental illnesses involve disorders of sociability or empathy. An obvious starting point is autism, which is marked by difficulty understanding the minds of others, aversion to human contact, and repetitive behaviors such as rocking”. According to the article, … Continue Reading

Calming the Stress Response

November 3, 2010 Research Articles Comments Off

In the article Central nervous system actions of oxytocin and modulation of behavior in humans published in Molecular Medicine Today, June 1997, researcher Margaret McCarthy pointed out, “A continuous stress response can ultimately be deleterious and reducing the reaction under appropriate circumstances has substantial advantages.”

What are the effects of Oxytocin?

Take a look at this video, “11 Interesting Effects of Oxytocin

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