Why is it so much fun to hang out with our friends? Why are some people so sociable while others are loners or seemingly outright allergic to interactions with others? A new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine begins to provide an answer, pinpointing places and processes in the brain that promote socialization by providing pleasurable sensations when it occurs.
efore you shop for the “cuddle” hormone oxytocin to relieve stress and enhance your social life, read this: A new study from the University of California, Davis, suggests that sometimes, blocking the action of oxytocin in the brain may be a better option. The results are published online in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
The tendency of dogs to seek contact with their owners is associated with genetic variations in sensitivity for the hormone oxytocin, according to a new study from LiU. The findings contribute to our knowledge of how dogs have changed during their development from wolf to household pet.
When you notice your partner is less interested than you are, your brain may send out a hormone that can help you fix the relationship.