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Oxytocin and Trust – University of Zurich Study

Could Oxytocin Help People to Trust Others?

Trust is something that most people strive to achieve. It is an essential part of forming meaningful and deep relationships, both at work and on a personal level. Without trust, the act of maintaining a relationship can be extremely hard work and unrewarding for those involved.

Can Oxytocin Help Us Trust Again?Trust is something that can often take many years to build up. However, it can be instantly broken; for example, in a marriage if one partner has an affair, it can be extremely difficult to win back that trust. In many cases, it can prove to be impossible.

For those people who have been betrayed in the past, it may be difficult to form trusting relationships with new friends or partners going forward. In extreme cases, where a person has been betrayed, they may start to avoid social interactions with other people. This can often lead to social phobias and disorders.

Is there a cure for not trusting people?

The good news is that there may be help out there for those that find it difficult to trust others. A new study [1] by the University of Zurich in Switzerland has been carried out to establish the brain’s response to breaches of trust, and how it reacts following those breaches.

Oxytocin has a role to play

Oxytocin, which is often dubbed the “love drug” by many scientists, is thought to play a key role in helping the brain to recover following cases of betrayal. Oxytocin is a natural hormone that is released by the brain to help people bond with others. It is the hormone that helps bring on labor during childbirth, and the production of milk in lactating mothers. It is responsible for that strong bond between mother and child. Aside from this, oxytocin has also been found to strengthen the bond between partners during and after sex, and higher production levels can be triggered by many types of touching, such as kissing, cuddling and orgasm.

Oxytocin is integral to the formation of trust

It has been suggested that oxytocin also has an integral role to play in the formation of trust. The Zurich University study, led by Dr. Thomas Baumgartner, “highlights the neural mechanisms through which oxytocin acts to facilitate trust behavior by investigating what happens in the brain when trust breaks down.”

Oxytocin helps people to forgive and forget

Two groups of participants were given either an oxytocin nasal spray or a placebo. The researchers used functional magnetic
resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan and monitor each person. The subjects were then asked to act as “investors” in a trust experiment spanning multiple rounds and involving several different “trustees.” They were then asked to play a risk game, where they were to invest sums of money with each trustee. In between rounds, the participants were told that around 50 percent of the investments they had made had resulted in bad investments due to a breach in trust. Those that had received the placebo then played on with a decreased level of trust. The group that had received oxytocin, however, played on investing similar sums of money and with similar levels of trust.

A promising result for those with trust issues

The Zurich University study has promising results for the health industry, as well as those members of the public that can relate to the problems experienced through not being able to trust others. Trust is essential to building social relationships, and breaches of trust have a significant effect on our social behavior. Understanding the relationship between oxytocin and trust will be an important step forward for those looking to provide treatment for people with trust issues.

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[1] http://www.neuron.org/content/article/abstract?uid=PIIS0896627308003279

 

 

 

The Love Hormone Oxytocin and Aging

April 23, 2013 Oxytocin and Aging Comments Off

Doctors will often tell you than the route to a healthy and happy life is to maintain an active lifestyle and a healthy diet. While this is always good advice, the fact is that this will only go so far for people who have underlying problems. For people who have a temporary problem in their lives, promoting a healthy lifestyle is often the answer, for people with inherent problems, the only way to address them is with medical prescriptions and supplements.

Oxytocin diminishes stress to fight aging

Oxytocin diminishes stress to fight aging

Take hormone imbalance for instance. Bodily hormones are responsible for so many chemical processes which underlie the mental disposition of an individual, alongside many physical processes. Hormones are responsible for our growth, our mood and emotions, our sexual activity and health, the stabilization of our metabolism, puberty, reproduction, pregnancy and menopause. Thus, the endocrine system is crucial for our survival and health, and, because many crucial hormones are secreted in the brain, and our brain activity and response to external stimuli can affect hormone release, your mind and your environment are very important to the health of the individual at large. This makes tackling hormone deficiencies highly important.

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Oxytocin Helps Group Thinking and Working

Oxytocin & Working Together

 

Oxytocin, which has been scientifically found to have many benefits such as weight loss, better sex and improved sleep, has now been found to help people work together in groups. A recent study, The “Herding Hormone; Oxytocin Stimulates In-Group Conformity” published in the journal, Psychological Science, has found that members of a group are influenced by “horde mentality” and tend to agree with each other.

Love hormone

You may be wondering what the benefits of this finding could be. The stimulation of in-group conformity could lead to several positive outcomes. Oxytocin is the naturally occuring hormone that is often referred to as the “love hormone.” The oxytocin factor is what leads to sociability, trust, generosity, empathy and closeness between people. It is also responsible for creating that unbreakable bond between mother and child, as well as contributing towards fidelity and togetherness in long term relationships.

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Study Suggests Oxytocin “Longterm Treatment” for Autism

February 19, 2013 Oxytocin and Autism, Research Articles Comments Off

Oxytocin's Possible Use for Autism

 

Oxytocin, which is often referred to as the ‘love hormone,’ is a peptide that is used to help new mothers lactate, and is also credited as helping to form that unbreakable bond between mother and child. The hormone, which has been involved in the treatment of many health issues, has since catalyzed numerous scientific and psychological experiments to further investigate its many possible uses. Due to its bonding capabilities, oxytocin has been linked to social relationships and – excitingly – could have possibilities as a treatment for many forms of psychiatric or developmental disorders, including autism.

Around one in every 110 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Affecting the daily lives of millions of people across the world, scientists are yet to determine either the cure or the cause. Autism Spectrum Disorder can have mild to severe affects on development; therefore devising strategies to cope with them remains a major issue for the health industry, as well as for the families of those affected.

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Could Oxytocin Be the New, Natural Viagra?

February 13, 2013 Oxytocin and Sex, Research Articles Comments Off

Oxytocin May Improve Sexual Performance

It’s official: those men who are looking to improve their libido should forget about drugs such as Viagra. In fact, there could be a much more natural solution available to men who want to improve their performance in the bedroom. That new solution comes in the form of oxytocin. A study earlier this year found that the hormone, which is often referred to as the “cuddle drug,” can drastically improve male sexual performance.

A hormone with “Blockbuster potential”

Scientists hailed oxytocin as having “blockbuster potential” following the results of the groundbreaking study. The University
of California
 conducted a study on a married father of three who previously suffered from attention deficit disorder (ADD), which caused him to have difficulty maintaining social relationships. It also meant that he was having difficulty maintaining an adequate relationship with his wife.

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Oxytocin and Depression

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If you are looking for ways to treat illnesses and ailments, then there are more avenues to take than ever before. The consensual opinion merging of all types of nationalities and cultures through the Internet means that there are more alternative treatments for any given problem. While proven medical justification for many supposed remedies varies, many alternative treatments are now being recommended by physicians themselves. This article examines the symptoms of depression and the use of oxytocin in alleviating them.

Depression in the modern world

The CDC states that depression affects roughly 1 in 10 adults in the US, which is a figure that echoes around most of the western world. As it stands, depression is therefore a very relevant issue for the general health of the populace, and it becomes even more important when the symptoms of depression are noted.

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Oxytocin and Weight Loss: A new study reveals indicators for possible breakthrough

An exciting new animal study has found that the hormone oxytocin could be a potential breakthrough weight loss treatment

Weight loss is one of the most challenging issues for many people. There are so many suggested weight loss formulas and diets, that it is not surprising people become confused over the subject.

New findings

Oxytocin, a reproductive hormone, has been found to regulate food intake and energy metabolism, according to the study, which was presented at the Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting on June 24, 2012, in Houston. The study’s leaders presented how oxytocin helps initiate uterus contractions in women, and stimulates the milk-producing glands during childbirth. Previous research by the same medical team had also found a link between oxytocin and the body’s control over energy intake and use.

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