Oxytocin, a hormone commonly associated with love and bonding in humans, causes starfish to turn their stomachs inside-out to feed. The findings provide vital new evidence for the evolutionary role of oxytocin and vasopressin neuropeptides as regulators of feeding in animals.
Male patients on the autism spectrum who were given oxytocin for four weeks experienced improvements in social attachment behaviors for up to 12 months.
A new study reports lower status individuals are more likely to share wealth than those considered to be of higher status.
Simulation neurons found in the amygdala allow animals to reconstruct the mental state of social partners and predict intentions. Dysfunction in these newly identified neurons may be involved in disorders associated with social behavioral problems, such as autism and social anxiety.
Women aged 50 to 70 are more likely to consume alcohol at levels that exceed low-risk drinking guidelines than younger women. They are also more likely to perceive their drinking behavior as normal and acceptable, so long as they appear in control and respectable.
Social media influencers take note, posting images of fatty foods increases follower engagement, researchers report.
A new phenotype atlas assisted researchers in identifying 30 genes associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia. Single-cell RNA sequencing revealed an essential role for the transcription factor znf536 in the development of forebrain neurons associated with social behavior and stress.
Researchers say older adults who feel lonely are twice as likely to use opioids to control pain, and 2.5 times more likely to be prescribed anti-anxiety medications and sedatives than those who have a more socially active lifestyle.
Researchers explore psychological tricks and tips to help you reach your New Year Resolution goals.
Princeton researchers discover a genetic basis for hyper-social behavior in people and dogs.