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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on September 22, 2010

New research suggests oxytocin, a naturally occurring hormone, may improve social cognitive abilities in less socially proficient individuals.

However, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found the hormone has little effect on those who are more socially proficient.

The study is published in the journal Psychological Science.

Researchers at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Columbia University wanted to determine if oxytocin, popularly dubbed the “hormone of love,” could have widespread benefit in making us more understanding of others.

They conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over challenge, giving 27 healthy adult men oxytocin or a placebo delivered nasally.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/09/22/oxytocin-helps-socially-challenged/18532.html



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