Oxytocin: a track to treat autism

Oxytocin, often called the "love hormone", could also promote social relationships and the desire to be with others.

Oxytocin is a molecule secreted by the pituitary. It is essential during pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding. It is also produced when the couple caresses, orgasms. Today, researchers from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, is it new qualities.

Oxytocin promotes sympathy

They conducted a survey * of over forty people. It turned out that those who received oxytocin are quicker to estimate a pleasant face, even if it is not theirs, as those who have not received.

This molecule also allows them to feel the emotions of others, to accept them. This is explained by the fact that they have confidence, they feel safe, unlike other people.

Overcome social deficits

Autistic people often have no fun to meet up with the others. Oxytocin, although it still requires studies could be considered in the treatment of individuals suffering from social problems such as, for example, autism.

To be continued...

* Published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, September 24, 2013.

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