Hypersexual disorder, or sex addiction, in males is associated with higher levels of oxytocin within the blood.
Zebrafish whose brains lacked oxytocin during the first two weeks of life had impaired capacity for social interaction as they aged. Researchers also found oxytocin-producing neurons were critical for the development of dopaminergic neurons.
People who experienced sexual abuse or suffer from PTSD have reduced connectivity in the ventral and dorsal attention network (VAN-DAN network) compared to those with no history of abuse or PTSD.
Oxytocin therapy is ineffective at improving social skills in children on the autism spectrum.
Researchers discovered people with a specific variant of the oxytocin receptor gene OXTR follow more people on Instagram. However, there no evidence was found to suggest gene-environment interactions influence online sociability.
Mouse mothers gathering their pups train female mice without pups to perform the same behavior. In virgin mice, observing the mother mouse take care of her pups stimulates oxytocin production, biologically shaping them for maternal behavior.
Connections between oxytocin neurons in the hypothalamus and dopamine neurons in the reward system drive parenting behaviors in both male and female voles.
Expectant fathers with higher levels of brain activation and oxytocin later endorsed a more "child-led" empathetic style of parenting once their child was born.
A new study reveals what goes on in the brain when a person embarks on a musical collaboration project.