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.
Olfactory imprinting in infant mice has a direct impact on their social behaviors as adults.
Sexual activity before sleep increases oxytocin and reduces the stress-related hormone cortisol. Researchers say sexual activity at bedtime can help reduce symptoms of insomnia and reduce sleep disruptions.
New research that simultaneously measures brain activity in children and their parents offers insights into bonding.