oxytocin and behavior

Women with Low Postpartum Oxytocin Levels Had Poor Bonding with Their Mothers and May Struggle to Bond with Their Babies

Women with Low Postpartum Oxytocin Levels Had Poor Bonding with Their Mothers and May Struggle to Bond with Their Babies

A new study by Valsamma Eapen and colleagues from University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia found that women with low oxytocin levels in the postpartum have a history of bad mother-to-daughter bonding. The study is perhaps the first to show that women with reduced levels of oxytocin in the postpartum have higher subjective ratings […]

New Evidence Indicates that Oxytocin Deficiency May Represent a Biomarker of Anxiety in Children

New Evidence Indicates that Oxytocin Deficiency May Represent a Biomarker of Anxiety in Children

A study by Karen Parker and her research team from the Stanford University School of Medicine links low levels of oxytocin with anxiety in children. Recent evidence indicates that oxytocin is an anxiolytic hormone, as it decreases the release of stress hormones, while oxytocin imbalances have been associated with both anxiety (HJ Lee et al., […]

Deficit of Oxytocin in Women with Major Depression

Deficit of Oxytocin in Women with Major Depression

A new study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research extends the results of two previous studies and provides evidence that oxytocin levels are low in women with depression, including patients with psychotic major depression (PMD), who typically exhibit greater depressive severity. The neuropeptide oxytocin has been implicated in many aspects of reproductive and social […]

Oxytocin and Williams Syndrome: Exploring Neurobiology of Social Behavior

Oxytocin and Williams Syndrome: Exploring Neurobiology of Social Behavior

Commentary on the study by Li Dai et al., PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e38513 Oxytocin and Vasopressin Are Dysregulated in Williams Syndrome, a Genetic Disorder Affecting Social Behavior Quote from the original paper’s abstract “Results revealed significantly higher median levels of oxytocin (OT) in Williams syndrome (WS) versus controls at baseline, with a less marked increase in arginine […]

Oxytocin Increases Generosity and Charitable Donations

Oxytocin Increases Generosity and Charitable Donations

Some of the prosocial effects of oxytocin (OT) such as trust, emotional empathy and socially reinforced learning are well-known, but a recent study published in the Hormones and Behavior journal is perhaps the first one to show that OT also increases generosity. Oxytocin (OT) is a nine amino acid neuropeptide, discovered by Sir Henry Dale […]