A new mother’s behavior is influenced by her oxytocin levels, and as a result, the bond she makes with her baby. Mothers’ behavior can also have a substantial impact on their children’s developing oxytocin systems, a new epigenetic study[1] by Kathleen Krol and Jessica Connelly from the University of Virginia and Tobias Grossmann from the… Read more

A possible role of the hormone oxytocin in men and women with hypersexual disorder has been revealed in a new study[1]. The finding could potentially open the door to treating the disorder by engineering a way to suppress its activity. Hypersexual disorder, also referred to as sexual addiction[2], or an overactive sex drive, is recognized… Read more

A group of cells that are activated by oxytocin in one area of female mouse brains that are not present in the same area in male mouse brains has been uncovered by a biologist and his students at Louisiana State University. “Many researchers have attempted to investigate the difference between the oxytocin system in females… Read more

In Japan, according to a recent survey by the Cabinet Office, 20% of elderly women and 25% of elderly men often feel lonely in everyday life because they have little social contact with other people. Indeed, 25% of the elderly have nobody who they can rely on when they have health problems, which has led… Read more

Oxytocin and vasopressin both flatten group hierarchy in male rhesus macaques, resulting in dominant monkeys becoming more relaxed and subordinate monkeys becoming more confident, research from University of Pennsylvania indicates. The result holds even when just one of a pair receives oxytocin or vasopressin, indicating some sort of non-verbal communication between the animals. Oxytocin’s effects… Read more