The Love Hormone In Nasal Spray Can Help Overcome Shyness

Oxytocin3dWow, just a little toot of Oxytocin and you’re in… From the Telegraph:

Scientists have discovered that the hormone oxytocin could help wallflowers overcome awkwardness in social situations

The chemical dubbed “the hormone of love” is known to increase empathy and bonding – especially parents and their children. But now researchers have found it improves the social skills of the shy – but has little effect on those who are naturally confident.

The finding could have implications for those with severe social deficiencies, often apparent in conditions like autism. Researchers at Israel’s Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment and Columbia University were examining whether the hormone, which occurs naturally in the body could make us more understanding of others.

They conducted a test of 27 healthy adult men, giving them the hormone or a placebo via a nasal spray and then asking them to perform an ‘empathic accuracy task’ – which measures their powers of reading the thoughts and feelings of others. This involved watching others discussing emotional moments in their lives, then rating how they felt those people were feeling.

The scientists, whose research is published in Psychological Science, also measured the participants’ social competency, using a test known as AQ which is usually used in autistic patients. They found that oxytocin did improve powers of empathy – but only among those who were less socially proficient in the first place…

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  • A Bad Joke

    Booze has the same effect, and even leads to hilarious pictures (for everyone else)

    • oman28

      Ah yes, alcohol has done the job for centuries. The perfect balance between total lack of inhibition and serious impairment of judgement
      The morning after can be hilarious too (for everyone else)

      • A Bad Joke

        I like your style.

  • A Bad Joke

    Booze has the same effect, and even leads to hilarious pictures (for everyone else)

  • Anonymous

    Ah yes, alcohol has done the job for centuries. The perfect balance between total lack of inhibition and serious impairment of judgement
    The morning after can be hilarious too (for everyone else)

  • A Bad Joke

    I like your style.

  • Tea Total

    see also
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article592376.ece

    Alot of comments on telegraph page go on about “alcohol does the same thing”
    Is the alcohol lobby worried about competition?

  • Tea Total

    see also
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article592376.ece

    Alot of comments on telegraph page go on about “alcohol does the same thing”
    Is the alcohol lobby worried about competition?

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