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 www.lindagraham-mft.net.) 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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Oxytocin Eases Stress and Anxiety, Research Says

September 16, 2011 Oxytocin and Depression, Oxytocin In The News, Uncategorized Comments Off

Wouldn’t it be great to have an antidote to stress and anxiety? Given oxytocin’s power to reinforce feelings of safety and trust, scientists are increasingly finding it’s one of the most relevant neurochemicals for stress relief, particularly in social settings.

The oxytocin response can also prime the brain to react more calmly to future stress just by thinking of those we love, scientists say. According to researcher Phil Shaver of the University of California-Davis, the chemical release in the brain that this simple action causes acts as a stress buffer before it even occurs. 

Want to feel better? Want to stop feeling sad all the time? Watch the YouTube video, “How to Feel Better…Hugs, Love, Touch, OXYTOCIN

 

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Oxytocin’s Effect on Sleepiness Likely Tied to Mixing with Other Chemicals, Researchers Say

 It’s well-known that sex can make people sleepy. So can melatonin, a hormone available in pill form that helps regulate sleep-wake cycles. But where does oxytocin fit into this? Scientists are still figuring that out, though oxytocin seems to combine with other chemicals and situations to bring on the zzzz’s more quickly.

Assessing the influence of oxytocin on the sleep pattern of male rats, German researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry reported that oxytocin released in the brain under stress-free conditions naturally promotes sleep. Their study, published in July 2003 in the journal Regulatory Peptides, used an oxytocin “agonist” – a drug that binds to cells to produce a certain response – to determine that natural oxytocin produced in the brain brings on sleep.

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Prader-Willi Syndrome and the Oxytocin Solution

OxytocinCentral (September 1, 2011). New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, demonstrates that the hormone oxytocin is able to positively affect patients by improving trust, mood, and reducing disruptive behavior.

Prader-Willi syndrome and Autism are two such areas of common disorders where oxytocin is proving effective. Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic disorder which causes a range of complex neurological and developmental problems including cognitive and behavioral difficulties, weight gain, aggression, temper tantrums and social and emotional challenges. … Continue Reading

Possible Role of Oxytocin in Fighting Cancer

August 23, 2011 Oxytocin In The News, Uncategorized Comments Off

A recent article published in Medicinal Chemistry Communications by researchers from The Australian National University sheds light on the possible role that Oxytocin may have in helping fight cancer.

“This is very exciting news.” says Dr. Luis Martinez, an Integrative Medicine Specialist and Oxytocin Researcher. “We are slowly discovering how certain peptide imbalances may cause cancer, asthma and inflammatory conditions. What’s  more exciting is the fact that we might be able to use oxytocin to help modulate and restore these imbalances.” … Continue Reading

Health News: Oxytocin, Stress and Cancer

August 23, 2011 Oxytocin In The News, Research Articles Comments Off

Trust. Bond. Love. Cuddle. Calm. Connected.

These are the terms we associate with oxytocin, the hormone produced within our bodies during sex or lactation. It’s true that oxytocin does some spectacular neuro-work on our feelings and emotions, but oxytocin is also a super-hero in the way it helps our bodies combat stress.  Researchers in Italy and Australia are now studying oxytocin’s potential in the fight against cancer. … Continue Reading

Oxytocin Takes the Sting Away, Studies Say

If you want to measure a person’s generosity level, see what they do when asked to give away some of their money. Researchers who decided this was a good way to measure oxytocin’s effect on generosity found that the hormone – known to promote trust – made study participants more likely to share, possibly by reinforcing their trust that their own portions would suffice.

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Oxytocin Peaks at Orgasm and Also Peaks Perception of Pleasure in Sex, Studies Say

Good sex includes (at least) three parts: the buildup, the peak and the afterglow, and oxytocin is one of the few neuropeptides that is part of all, bringing home pleasure before, during and after.

In fact, oxytocin plays a highly prominent part in sex, a role that has been researched since at least the 1980s when a benchmark study showed blood plasma levels rose in both genders during arousal and were markedly higher during climax than prior baseline levels.

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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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