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The study showed hugs increased levels of oxytocin, a "bonding" hormone, and reduced blood pressure - which cuts the risk of heart disease...

2005-08-08

 health heart hug bonding oxytocin love
They found that inhaling the "cuddle hormone" oxytocin made men just as empathetic as women...

2010-04-30

 hormone male oxytocin cuddle empathy emotion feeling bonding manipulation
Trust and betrayal of trust are ubiquitous in human societies. Recent behavioral evidence shows that the neuropeptide oxytocin increases trust among humans, thus offering a unique chance of gaining a deeper understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying trust and the adaptation to breach of trust. We examined the neural circuitry of trusting behavior by combining the intranasal, double-blind, administration of oxytocin with fMRI. We...

2008-05-22

 neuroscience psychology hormone oxytocin trust brain betrayal