The hormone responsible for romantic attachment and parental bonding might also influence our empathy, according to a new study. Researchers came to this conclusion by examining patients with neurological conditions that cause a low level of oxytocin.
A study of 13 participants with autism found that after inhaling oxytocin, patients displayed stronger interactions with the most socially cooperative peers and reported greater feelings of trust.
Other studies have shown that oxytocin also increases emotional empathy and enhances socially reinforced learning in healthy men.
Oxytocin might selectively help us remember things we learned in a positive social environment, and forget what we learned in a highly stressful learning context.
Additionally, some patients experience reduced anxiety and improved libido with oxytocin.
Dr. Birken and his staff can prescribe oxytocin in a sublingual or troche compounded by The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy.
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