The Neurobiology of Trust

ShareBy Paul J. Zak If you were asked to fall backward into the arms of a stranger, would you trust the other person to catch you? Such a situation, a common exercise in group therapy, is a bit extreme. But every day most people place some degree of trust in …

Oxytocin (Part 1/5)

ShareFeeling is the central organizing principle of human behavior. You can measure feeling in the brain, in the body’s biochemistry, in mother’s milk, in saliva and in spinal taps. We can measure it in brain chemicals such as serotonin, oxytocin, vasopressin, and dopamine. Feelings are all encompassing, and love is …

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Oxytocin – The Neurochemical of Everything Good

ShareOxytocin has been a favorite focus in my e-newsletter before. (Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness at Oxytocin is the brain’s naturally occurring hormone of “tend and befriend” (Healing Heartache, Sept. 2008), the molecule of motherly love and attachment (The Neurobiology of Feeling Unlovable, Feb. 2009), the neuropeptide …

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Childbirth and Breastfeeding Are Oxytocin’s Best-Understood Roles

April 27, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off

The word oxytocin, which literally means “quick birth” in Greek, speaks of its best understood role as a facilitator of childbirth and breastfeeding.

First discovered in 1909, when Sir Henry Dale learned that an extract from the human pituitary gland caused a pregnant cat’s uterus to contract, synthetic oxytocin soon became doctors’ go-to drug to help human labor progress. … Continue Reading

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April 27, 2011 Oxytocin In The News Comments Off
"Our biology really tells us that, at our hearts, we're libertarians." So says Paul J. Zak, who spoke recently at Reason Foundation's annual Reason Weekend.

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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Oxytocin’s Influence on Protection Instincts Different in Each Gender

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The differences between the sexes seem to extend to how each uses oxytocin when feeling threatened, though the hormone enhances both men’s and women’s instincts to protect others in their social group. … Continue Reading

Should we be sniffing oxytocin?

April 10, 2011 Oxytocin In The News Comments Off
Oxytocin facilitates maternal behavior—in delivery by facilitating intrauterine contractions, and after birth by triggering milk letdown. ...

Feeling Stressed Out? Hit the Drive Thru!

April 9, 2011 Oxytocin In The News Comments Off
The study, which was published in the Journal of Neuroscience “Suggested that elevated levels of salt in the body lowers stress hormones and raise levels of oxytocin, a hormone involved in love and other social connections.” The study found that when ...
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Oxytocin’s Role in Sex Spans from Start to Finish

April 8, 2011 Oxytocin and Sex Comments Off

 By Maureen Salamon

Oxytocin’s ability to foster calm and secure feelings is apparently a perfect start to a satisfying roll in the hay.

The hormone’s role in sexual arousal has been the subject of research for at least the last quarter-century. A 1987 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism used a novel set-up to measure blood plasma levels of oxytocin before, during and after sexual stimulation in both men and women.

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Oxytocin (Part 5/5)

7 Jul 2011

ShareIt is my goal in therapy to help patients love and have the capacity to receive love; all else is secondary. Love makes us strong for our progeny. We need sex to enhance love, have progeny, and vice versa. It is the natural outgrowth of love. What we too often …

Oxytocin (Part 4/5)

30 Jun 2011

ShareAnother hormone, vasopressin, contributes to male nurturance of offspring – it makes for caring fathers. It also has pain-killing effects and helps make animals venture out and be more exploratory. If vasopressin is blocked, there is immediately less paternal behavior. When injected directly into a section of the brain of …

Oxytocin (Part 3/5)

23 Jun 2011

ShareBonding is the most positive aspect of human relationships. We learn how to bond emotionally in adulthood through early bonding in childhood, as simplistic as that sounds. It cannot be taught! And it certainly cannot be taught in later life. Attachment is pretty well set in our childhood. It is …

Oxytocin (Part 2/5)

16 Jun 2011

ShareOxytocin is found only in mammals. When it is high, one experiences a sense of relaxation, rest, and growth, repair and healing, loving behavior and emotional-attachment. Love and nurturing early in our lives are necessary for optimum health, and healthy brain development cannot take place without it. It isn’t just …

Oxytocin (Part 1/5)

9 Jun 2011

ShareFeeling is the central organizing principle of human behavior. You can measure feeling in the brain, in the body’s biochemistry, in mother’s milk, in saliva and in spinal taps. We can measure it in brain chemicals such as serotonin, oxytocin, vasopressin, and dopamine. Feelings are all encompassing, and love is …

Oxytocin Promotes Social Attachment, Beginning with Mother and Child

1 Apr 2011

ShareBy Maureen Salamon Oxytocin’s nickname as the “cuddle hormone” is well-earned, since many studies have proven its ability to promote attachment not just between mother and child, but among groups. One of the primary bonds among mammals, of course, is between mother and baby, and much research has focused on …

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